Navigation Links
Researchers find better method to help mothers cope with child's cancer and related stress

BOSTON - Mothers who have children diagnosed with cancer now have a better approach to address and cope with stresses associated with their child's disease.

A new certified intervention has proven to be more effective long term compared to other psychological methods, as reported today at the 42nd Congress of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology.

In a joint oral presentation, researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital and Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center of Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach reported that mothers of newly diagnosed patients were able to decrease their stress level sooner and sustain that level longer with an intervention known as Problem-Solving Skills Training (PSST).

The multi-institutional randomized trial, conducted through the Psychosocial Adaptation to Childhood Cancer Research Consortium, also showed that Spanish-speaking mothers had the most significant response to the training compared to English-speaking and Arabic-speaking mothers.

Three months after their child's initial diagnosis, the stress levels of mothers receiving PSST had decreased twice as much as mothers who had no intervention. In the consortium's 2009 study, researchers also evaluated PSST in comparison to reflective listening, a form of one-on-one counseling. Although both therapies decreased the stress level significantly, mothers counseled only with reflective listening eventually returned to higher stress levels after three months, unlike those who had Problem-Solving Skills Training.

In addition, the study evaluated the efficacy and feasibility of using a personal digital assistant (PDA) to supplement the training. Although there was no significant benefit reported from using an electronic device in coordination with PSST, participants rated the PDA-based program favorably, which could lead to more technology-based interventions in the future, said the co-presenters.

"Now that we have developed a solid intervention that we know helps mothers cope with stress, we want to create computer-based programs that will provide problem-solving training to parents who may not have access to psychologists or other support systems," said Martha Askins, Ph.D., assistant professor at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital in Houston.

The PSST intervention was developed through the consortium. The training consists of eight, one-hour individual sessions between mother and therapist, in which they identify the mother's primary stressors, brainstorm solutions, weigh the benefits and costs associated with each solution, implement one of the solutions and evaluate its effectiveness.

"In families with more than one child, it's common for us to counsel with mothers who are stressed about being there for their child in the hospital as well as their children back home," said Askins, co-presenter of the report with Miller Children's Sandra Sherman-Bien, Ph.D. "Using PSST, we've been able to come up with solutions that address this personal dilemma."

Also known as the Bright Ideas program, the method was designated recently by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a research-tested intervention that will be included in their National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. Funding for the study was provided through the National Institutes of Health.


Contact: Sara Farris
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers advocate for more education and attention regarding rare breast cancer
2. Mount Sinai researchers discover why cocaine is so addictive
3. Temperature rhythms keep body clocks in sync, UT Southwestern researchers find
4. Need a study break to refresh? Maybe not, say Stanford researchers
5. Researchers reach consensus on use of deep brain stimulation to treat Parkinsons
6. AACR to honor leading researchers at breast cancer symposium
7. Medical researchers break down costs to care for heart failure patients at the end of life
8. Researchers Pinpoint Array of Obesity Genes
9. UT Southwestern researchers create experimental vaccine against Alzheimers
10. Wistar researchers discover new class of objects encoded within the genome
11. Blood test could diagnose Alzheimers disease, UT Southwestern researchers find
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Researchers find better method to help mothers cope with child's cancer and related stress
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Sir ... customer service: the TrustDale certification. The award recognizes good companies for excellence in ... , tile and grout, and hard surface restoration company earned this recognition after ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, ... the generosity of people around the world. On December 1, supporters can make an ... and share the personal stories behind those gifts. , Just as Black Friday ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... ... Don Peck’s mother wondered if she was a descendant of Samuel Fuller, a passenger on ... search for information, Don and his aunt discovered that she was not, in fact, related ... was Don’s father who was descended from not one, but four passengers on the famed ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... Dehydration, defined as a loss ... to perspiration in the hot sun, and heat stroke and death will quickly follow. ... radio host Sharon Kleyne. Every cell, system and structure requires water to function properly. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... The ... OSHA Training Institute Education Center in Northern California, is calling on retail employers ... sales events. As the volume of sales and shoppers rapidly expands, retailers ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... , November 24, 2015 F1000Workspace ... for scientists - since it was launched just six months ... reference management and authoring platform for scientists - since it ... million references have been loaded on to F1000Workspace ... scientists - since it was launched just six months ago. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... 24, 2015  Family Rentals, a South ... launch of their newly designed, mobile-responsive website. ... --> Logo - ... --> Now, renting essential items for ... just got a whole lot easier through the ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... NEWTOWN, Pa. , Nov. 24, 2015  NuShield, Inc., an industry leader in LCD screen ... mobile and stationary computer technology as part of their patient monitoring or electronic documentation system. ... ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: