Camp Quality funds essential study
Kids living with a parent diagnosed with cancer are at an increased risk of emotional distress, such as anxiety and depression. Camp Quality is looking to change this.
Camp Quality is funding Brave Beginnings, a study conducted by the University of Sydney, to develop a comprehensive understanding of how to provide better support for kids who have a parent living with cancer. Led by Emeritus Professor Susan Hayes, Educational and Developmental Psychologist Dr Fiona Martin and Clinical Psychologist Ms Raechel Auld (all experts in their respective fields), the study has an immensely important goal -
"The purpose of the study is to develop a group program that supports children 8 – 13 years old who have a parent with cancer, where children can learn strategies that enhance their resilience and coping skills." - Dr. Fiona Martin
Camp Quality’s CEO, Simon Rountree, believes this research is vital to providing the best support for kids living with cancer. Findings from the study will be integrated into Camp Quality’s existing programs and services.
"As Australia’s most trusted children’s charity, we’re always looking to the most recent research in the positive psychology space to best support our kids and families who are living with cancer. We hope that through this study we will have an even deeper understanding of how to best support children in this vulnerable state, and give them the tools and resources to continue to enjoy the best quality of life, despite their circumstances." - Simon Rountree
About Brave Beginnings
The study will take place in the Sydney metro area during the September/October 2016, and January 2017 school holidays. Participants will be spilt into groups where they will be provided with:
- Age-appropriate information about cancer
- An opportunity to share their experiences and feelings with children in similar circumstances
- Tools to help facilitate communication with family members regarding a parent’s illness
- Strategies to improve resilience and coping skills
For this study to be successful, children are needed to participate. If you live in Sydney or surroundings areas, are diagnosed with cancer, and have children aged 8-13 years, we would be very grateful to have your children participate.
This study is conducted at no cost to participants (transport fees are also covered), and the greater the number of children involved, the more information we can gain to help kids all over Australia living with a diagnosed parent.
Read more about Brave Beginnings