Prolonged Grief in Young Bereaved Spouses and Partners
The purpose of the research is to learn more about the experience of grief in young bereaved spouses/partners. Recent research has shown that young bereaved spouses/partners experience grief uniquely from other age groups, but it is still unclear how certain factors affect the experience of grief. The investigators research team is interested in studying how the psychological factors of trauma, personality, and meaning of the loss affect grief reactions in young spouses/partners after the loss of a spouse to cancer.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Lost to Cancer: Prolonged Grief in Young Bereaved Spouses and Partners|
- To determine the rate and levels of prolonged grief in young bereaved spouses/partners of cancer patients [ Time Frame: conclusion of the study ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- To determine associations among prolonged grief, personality characteristics , previous trauma, & subjective meanings of the loss to the bereaved spouse in young bereaved spouses/partners of cancer [ Time Frame: conclusion of the study ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- To evaluate whether unique themes emerge among those reporting prolonged grief [ Time Frame: conclusion of the study ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- To evaluate whether unique themes emerge among those reporting obsessive and histrionic personality traits [ Time Frame: conclusion of the study ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Young spouses/domestic partners (20-49 years old) of cancer patients who have died from cancer.
Behavioral: in-person or telephone interview
Participants will be administered one battery of questionnaires that should take 50- 55 minutes, which may be broken down into two or more segments if necessary. They may choose to have these questionnaires administered to them in person at the hospital, in person at their home, or via telephone by a trained master's level research assistant.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00745784
|United States, New York|
|Bronx, New York, United States, 10462|
|Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center|
|New York, New York, United States, 10065|
|Principal Investigator:||Sherry Schacter, PhD||Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY|