In a study published in JAMA Network Open, Seattle Children’s researchers found that one-on-one sessions teaching skills through a tool called Promoting Resilience in Stress Management for Parents (PRISM-P) improved resilience and benefit finding, or personal growth, among parents of children with cancer. “This tells me we are doing what is perhaps most important for parents: helping them to know they can come back again tomorrow and that they can find some good in the bad. These two things will help both them and their families,” said Dr. Abby Rosenberg, a researcher at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and lead author of the study.

Abby Rosenberg

Abby Rosenberg

The study included 94 parents whose children recently received a cancer diagnosis at Seattle Children’s. It used an adaptation of an intervention previously used for teens and young adults with cancer.

Rosenberg and her colleagues are working to expand PRISM beyond the Cancer Care Unit through a pilot program in various Seattle Children’s clinics. They are hoping to find out whether the tool will help patients, families and staff.

“This next phase is so important because it will tell us how to get PRISM into as many hands as possible, and that is my goal,” Rosenberg said.

Read more in “Study helps parents build resilience to navigate child’s cancer,” On the Pulse, Sept. 18, 2019.