Spouses/Partners Expressing Their Thoughts After Transplant

2014-08-27 03:16:09 | BioPortfolio


This study seeks to test a brief psychological intervention for spousal caregivers of cancer patients (specifically, hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients), persons known to experience emotional distress.


This project focuses on spousal caregivers (CGs) of hematopoietic stem cell transplant survivors - persons known to report elevated levels of distress as compared to both norms and their patient counterparts. Specific Aims are to: (1) Determine, via experimental manipulation, whether or not CGs of hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients engage in protective buffering, a coping mechanism whereby partners shield patients from illness-related concerns or worries, (2) Examine synchrony or lack thereof, desynchrony, among subjective, expressive and biologic indicators of emotion among spousal CGs, and (3) Test the feasibility and implementation of an emotional expression (EE) exercise designed to enhance psychological and immune functioning among spousal CGs.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Basic Science




Emotional expression


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
United States




Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:16:09-0400

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