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Prolonged Grief in Young Bereaved Spouses and Partners

This study has been completed.
Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY
Information provided by:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Identifier:
First received: September 2, 2008
Last updated: August 17, 2011
Last verified: August 2011

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.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: in-person or telephone interview

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Lost to Cancer: Prolonged Grief in Young Bereaved Spouses and Partners

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Further study details as provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • 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 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • 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 ]

Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: January 2009
Study Completion Date: August 2011
Primary Completion Date: August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
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.


Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 49 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Only spouses/partners of deceased Calvary and Memorial Sloan Kettering patients will be assessed in this study.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participants must be at least 20 years old and no older than 49 years and 11 months old.
  • Participants must have lost a spouse/domestic partner to cancer 6 months to 3 years earlier.
  • Participants must be able to give informed consent.
  • Participants must be able to comprehend English to complete study assessments.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Major psychopathology or cognitive impairment likely in the judgment of the research staff to interfere with the participation or completion of the protocol.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00745784

United States, New York
Calavery Hospital
Bronx, New York, United States, 10462
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10065
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY
Principal Investigator: Sherry Schacter, PhD Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Andrew Roth, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00745784     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 08-100
Study First Received: September 2, 2008
Last Updated: August 17, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

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Young Bereaved Spouses processed this record on February 27, 2015