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The Role of Family Functioning in Promoting Adaptation in Siblings of Individuals With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

This study has been terminated.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) ) Identifier:
First received: June 30, 2011
Last updated: April 19, 2017
Last verified: January 7, 2016


We want to learn more about the relationship between the way families function and how children adapt to having a sibling with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). What we learn will help us design better interventions for families.


  • To learn more about how families with an individual with DMD function.
  • To learn how siblings adapt in families with an individual with DMD.


  • One parent and one child, age 13-18, from a family where another child has DMD.
  • The parent and the child must be able to read and write English.


  • One parent from each family will complete a survey about how family members communicate and relate with each other. The parent will also answer questions about the behavior of the child without DMD. This survey will take you about 40 minutes to complete.
  • One child from each family, either a boy or a girl, will also complete a survey. This survey asks about how he/she views him/herself. It also asks about how he/she interacts with peers and family members and how he/she behaves. The survey also asks how satisfied he/she is with how his/her family functions. This survey takes about 30 minutes to finish.

Genetic Disease

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Other
Official Title: The Role of Family Functioning in Promoting Adaptation in Siblings of Individuals With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • adaptation, behavior problems, self-concept, pro-social behavior

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: June 7, 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 7, 2016
Detailed Description:
This study proposes to explore the role of family functioning in promoting adaptation in unaffected siblings of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Although evidence suggests that family functioning may be a predictor of adaptation in caregivers of children with chronic illnesses, little research has been conducted on the relationships between aspects of family functioning and the adaptation of unaffected siblings. Evidence in the literature suggests that aspects of family functioning may play a key role in adaptation. Moreover, the role of DMD-specific communication in facilitating sibling adaptation has not yet been explored in the literature and further insight may be derived from exploring this relationship. The goals of this study are to better understand the relationship of family functioning with the adaptation of unaffected siblings, as well as to explore the timing, extent (depth and content), and the characteristics of initiation of discussion of parent-sibling communication around DMD. Currently, some evidence exists to direct the creation of interventions that reinforce a family-centered approach to facilitate adaptation of family members to living with a child with a chronic health condition. Nevertheless, more insight is needed to understand how family processes affect individual adaptation, especially that of the unaffected sibling, in order to maximize the effectiveness of future interventions with this population.

Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes


  • Parent or caregiver of child with DMD and child without DMD
  • Lives with child that does not have DMD
  • 18 or older
  • Reads/Writes English


  • Sibling of child with DMD
  • Lives in same household as individual with DMD
  • 13-18 years of age
  • Reads/Writes English
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01386515

United States, Maryland
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Principal Investigator: Barbara B Biesecker National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
  More Information

Responsible Party: National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Identifier: NCT01386515     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 999911177
Study First Received: June 30, 2011
Last Updated: April 19, 2017

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Communication about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Muscular Dystrophies
Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne
Muscular Disorders, Atrophic
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Genetic Diseases, X-Linked processed this record on May 25, 2017