Psychological Effects of Bone Marrow Transplants in Children
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This study is designed to examine the psychological effects of bone marrow transplants on children and their families. The investigators hypothesis is that families who show signs of psychological distress before transplant will continue those signs post transplant. The investigators are examining cognitive placement, emotional placement and other psychological factors in both the child undergoing transplant and his or her parent.
Condition or disease
Behavioral: protein and calorie controlled diet and self-hypnotic relaxation
Previous research on bone marrow transplants has conflicting results concerning the effects of maladjustment. The current research is conducted in consortium with DeVos Children's Hospital. Children receiving bone marrow transplants are assessed using the Child Behavior Check List (CBCL) and Cognitive based testing. Parents are assessed using the Parenting Stress Index (PSI). Children and parents are evaluated prior to transplant and then 50 days, 6 months, and one year post transplant. Descriptive statistics are currently being used to determine results.
The specific measure that will be used to determine the effect of the intervention(s). The description should included the time at which the measure will be taken. Examples: all cause mortality at one year; score on a depression rating scale at 6 weeks [ Time Frame: 1 year post transplant ]
Secondary Outcome Measures
Other measures that will be used to evaluate the intervention(s), and that are specified in the protocol. The description should include the time at which the measures will be taken. Ex. cardiovascular mortality at 6 mos.; functional status at 4 wks [ Time Frame: 1 year post transplant ]
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