Understanding the Perceived Influence of Childhood Cancer on the Parents' Marital/Partner Relationship: A Descriptive Study
- Serious illnesses like cancer can cause high levels of stress in a family. When a child is
diagnosed with cancer, parents face numerous stressors, each of which can strain
relationships. Many parents struggle to effectively cope with the changes in parenting roles
that often accompany treatment of childhood cancer. How parents cope with this stress can
influence whether the relationship is strengthened or weakened. Stress levels can also
affect the care of the child who has cancer. Researchers want to better understand the
critical time points and events during the child s treatment when the relationship becomes
most stressed and/or strengthened.
- To study how stress affects the relationship between parents who have a child with cancer.
- Parents of a child (between 1 and 24 years of age) who has been diagnosed with cancer.
- Participants must have been in a partnership at the time the child was diagnosed with
cancer. At least one of the parents must be a biological or legal parent of the child.
- Participants will fill out a questionnaire either online or by paper and pencil. It
will take about 20 minutes to complete. The questions ask about the experience of
dealing with a child s cancer diagnosis and how it affects participants relationship
with their spouse/partner.
- Some participants will also have an in-depth interview. It will last about an hour. It
will ask further questions about the cancer diagnosis and treatment and its effect on
- Treatment will not be provided as part of this study.
View this trial on ClinicalTrials.gov
Print this page and take it to your doctor to discuss your eligibilty and treatment options. Only your doctor can refer you to a clinical trial.
These resources are provided in partnership with the
Canadian Cancer Society