Feasibility and Acceptability of Bright IDEAS-Young Adults: A Problem-Solving Skills Training Intervention

Adrienne S. Viola, Gary Kwok, Kristine Levonyan-Radloff, Sharon L. Manne, Robert B. Noll, Sean Phipps, Olle Jane Z. Sahler, Katie A. Devine

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Background: Young adults with cancer are a vulnerable group with unique emotional, social, and practical needs. There is a lack of evidence-based interventions to address their needs and to foster skills that could increase their capacity to cope. Bright IDEAS is a problem-solving skills training intervention that has demonstrated efficacy in improving people’s problem-solving ability and reducing distress among caregivers of children with cancer. This study evaluated the feasibility and acceptability of Bright IDEAS adapted for young adults (Bright IDEAS-YA). Methods: Forty young adults recently diagnosed with cancer were enrolled in a single arm feasibility study. Results: Feasibility was demonstrated by the adequate enrollment (67.8%), retention (80.0%), and participants’ adherence to the intervention (average of 5.2 out of 6 sessions completed). Participants reported satisfaction with the intervention. Qualitative feedback identified the systematic approach to problem-solving and interaction with the trainer as strengths of the intervention. Participants demonstrated improvements in problem-solving skills and symptoms of depression and anxiety. Conclusions: In conclusion, the results support the feasibility of the intervention and an adequately powered randomized controlled trial is needed to determine the efficacy of the intervention on psychosocial outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3124
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


  • Bright IDEAS
  • behavioral intervention
  • cancer
  • distress
  • problem-solving skills
  • young adult


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