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Quality of Friendships in Children With Neurofibromatosis

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: July 26, 2007
Last updated: July 31, 2012
Last verified: July 2012

The aim of this study is to determine if children with a higher disease severity have lower quality friendships than children who are less severely affected and children who are unaffected. Researchers will test the hypothesis that the quality of friendships is inversely related to their disease severity.

Specific Aims:

  1. To use the FQQ to determine if the quality of friendships in children with NF1 is lower than the quality of friendships in unaffected children.
  2. To use a disease severity scale and the FQQ to determine if children who are less severely affected have higher friendship qualities than children who are more severely affected.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Questionnaire

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Quality of Friendships in Children With Neurofibromatosis: Relationship to Disease Severity

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Disease severity scale and Friendship Quality Questionnaire (FQQ) [ Time Frame: Questionnaire completion by patient and chart review by doctor for disease severity scoring. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 61
Study Start Date: December 2004
Study Completion Date: July 2009
Primary Completion Date: July 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Quality of Friendships
Patients with Neurofibromatosis, type 1 (NF-1) between the ages of 8 and 18 years old.
Behavioral: Questionnaire
Questionnaire about the patient's relationship with their best friend.
Other Name: Survey

Detailed Description:

You (your) child will be asked to complete a short questionnaire (40 questions) about their relationship with their best friend. Doctors will review your (child's) medical chart to find out how severe the disease is, so that this may be compared to the answers you have (your child has) given on the friendship questionnaire.

This is an Investigational Study. About 90-100 children and adolescents with NF-1 will be asked to take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M.D. Anderson.


Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 18 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Study participants with Neurofibromatosis, type 1 (NF-1) between the ages of 8 and 18 years old.


Inclusion Criteria:

1) Patients with a clinical diagnosis of neurofibromatosis, type 1 (NF-1) who are between the ages of 8 and 18 years will be eligible. Patients must be English or Spanish speaking (test instrument will be translated into Spanish), and be able to read.

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00508235

United States, Texas
U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Bartlett D. Moore, PhD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00508235     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2004-0791
Study First Received: July 26, 2007
Last Updated: July 31, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Quality of Friendships
Disease Severity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neurofibromatosis 1
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Heredodegenerative Disorders, Nervous System
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Neoplastic Syndromes, Hereditary
Nerve Sheath Neoplasms
Nervous System Diseases
Neurocutaneous Syndromes
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases processed this record on March 03, 2015