Family Functioning and Child Behavior When a Sibling is Critically Ill
The goal of this study is to determine if there is a correlation between an efficacious family environment and sibling behavior in families with children who are critically ill.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
|Official Title:||Family Functioning and Child Behavior When a Sibling is Critically Ill|
- To compare behavioral assessment scores of siblings of children who are critically ill to scores of the general population [ Time Frame: baseline and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- To assess if parents who receive results of sibling behavior scores and a brief intervention, compared to parents who do not receive this information or intervention, have a different perception of the sibling's strengths and difficulties. [ Time Frame: baseline and 1 month ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||June 2009|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2013|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||November 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|Experimental: FU-1 feedback||
Behavioral: One week follow up assessment results
FU-1 feedback group will receive child behavior assessment results and interpretation,and a brief intervention to encourage support options.
|No Intervention: control group|
Families of critically ill children can face many emotional challenges during the course of a child's illness. While some research has looked at the impact on parents, there has been little focused on siblings. We want to better understand how social support may have a protective effect on siblings' quality of life. The goal of this study is to determine if there is a correlation between an efficacious family environment and sibling behavior in families with children who are critically ill. Our hypothesis is that a cohesive, emotionally rich and open family environment provides social support so that siblings can explore and express the difficult emotions that accompany illness, and is therefore a protective factor for a sibling's behavior.
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104|
|Principal Investigator:||Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH||Children's Hospital of Philadelphia|