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Maternal Problem-Solving in Childhood Cancer

Phase 3
Not Enrolling
Stress, Cancer

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Trial Information

Maternal Problem-Solving in Childhood Cancer

The purpose of this study is:

1. to develop a time-and-attention control condition to better assess the direct and
mediational effect of PSST independent of social support (placebo);

2. to develop a personal digital assistant hand-held supplement to standard PSST to
provide real-time training, reinforcement, and on-the-spot documentation of PSST usage;

3. to develop independent measures of the application of problem-solving strategies in
everyday life; and

4. to measure utilization of and satisfaction with other resources accessed by mothers as
independent indicators of the usefulness and cost-effectiveness of PSST.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Mothers of any age with a child diagnosed with any form of cancer 2-16 weeks prior to

Exclusion Criteria:

- Mothers of children with cancer if they do not read or speak English or Spanish, if
their child is in severe medical crisis, or if they live a prohibitive distance to
complete the intervention.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label

Outcome Measure:

The primary aim of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness of problem-solving training provided to mothers of children with newly diagnosed cancer in decreasing negative affectivity

Principal Investigator

Olle Jane Z. Sahler, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

University of Rochester


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:

RO1 CA098964-02



Start Date:

May 2003

Completion Date:

April 2010

Related Keywords:

  • Stress
  • Cancer
  • childhood cancer
  • intervention
  • maternal coping
  • problem solving skills
  • anxiety
  • cope
  • problem solving



Children's Hospital Los Angeles Los Angeles, California  90027-0700
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15213
Oregon Health Sciences University Portland, Oregon  
UT/MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas  77030