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Grant Number: 2R01CA118332-06A1 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Compas, Bruce
Organization: Vanderbilt University
Project Title: Parent-Child Communication About Cancer
Fiscal Year: 2013
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Abstract

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This is a competing renewal application to conduct theoretically-driven research to determine the course and predictors of mental health, social, and physical health outcomes in a cohort of children with cancer and their parents. We have been following a sample of 258 children (ages 5 to 17-years at entry into the study) from near the time of their cancer diagnosis over the first year after their diagnosis with a very high retention rate. By the end of this grant period we will have collected 3 waves of data including observations, interviews and questionnaires and we now propose to collect 2 additional waves of data, including direct observations of parent-child interactions, up to 5 years after diagnosis. Child and their parents completed measures about sources of cancer-related stress, how they cope with cancer, standardized indicators of distress and mental health problems, and they participated in video recorded observations. We propose to extend this work to examine the transition off treatment and into survivorship. Our aims are: 1) To examine continuity and change in parent-child communication about cancer; 2) To identify early predictors of later mental and physical health outcomes for children with cancer and their parents; and 3) To examine reciprocal relationships between parent and child coping, mental and physical health. To meet these aims, we propose to collect 2 additional waves of interview, observational and multi-agent questionnaire data spaced 12 months apart. The project is designed to identify risk and protective factors and processes that can be used to establish a theory-driven model of coping and adaptation to childhood cancer and to identify targets for the future early preventive psychosocial interventions with children with cancer and their parents.

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Publications

Mother-child communication and maternal depressive symptoms in families of children with cancer: integrating macro and micro levels of analysis.
Authors: Rodriguez EM, Dunn MJ, Zuckerman T, Hughart L, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA, Saylor M, Schuele CM, Compas BE
Source: J Pediatr Psychol, 2013 Aug;38(7), p. 732-43.
EPub date: 2013 Apr 24.
PMID: 23616622
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Coping with chronic illness in childhood and adolescence.
Authors: Compas BE, Jaser SS, Dunn MJ, Rodriguez EM
Source: Annu Rev Clin Psychol, 2012;8, p. 455-80.
EPub date: 2011 Dec 20.
PMID: 22224836
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Posttraumatic stress symptoms in parents of children with cancer within six months of diagnosis.
Authors: Dunn MJ, Rodriguez EM, Barnwell AS, Grossenbacher JC, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA, Compas BE
Source: Health Psychol, 2012 Mar;31(2), p. 176-85.
EPub date: 2011 Sep 26.
PMID: 21942750
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Cancer-related sources of stress for children with cancer and their parents.
Authors: Rodriguez EM, Dunn MJ, Zuckerman T, Vannatta K, Gerhardt CA, Compas BE
Source: J Pediatr Psychol, 2012 Mar;37(2), p. 185-97.
EPub date: 2011 Aug 13.
PMID: 21841187
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Direct observation of mother-child communication in pediatric cancer: assessment of verbal and non-verbal behavior and emotion.
Authors: Dunn MJ, Rodriguez EM, Miller KS, Gerhardt CA, Vannatta K, Saylor M, Scheule CM, Compas BE
Source: J Pediatr Psychol, 2011 Jun;36(5), p. 565-75.
EPub date: 2010 Jul 15.
PMID: 20634206
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The role of coping and temperament in the adjustment of children with cancer.
Authors: Miller KS, Vannatta K, Compas BE, Vasey M, McGoron KD, Salley CG, Gerhardt CA
Source: J Pediatr Psychol, 2009 Nov-Dec;34(10), p. 1135-43.
EPub date: 2009 May 18.
PMID: 19451171
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