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Profiles of dyadic adjustment for advanced prostate cancer to inform couple-based intervention


Elliott, K-E and Scott, JL and Monsour, M and Nuwayhid, F, Profiles of dyadic adjustment for advanced prostate cancer to inform couple-based intervention, Psychology and Health, 30, (11) pp. 1259-1273. ISSN 0887-0446 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/08870446.2015.1043301


Objective: The purpose of the study is to describe from a relational perspective, partners’ psychological adjustment, coping and support needs for advanced prostate cancer.

Design: A mixed methods design was adopted, employing triangulation of qualitative and quantitative data, to produce dyadic profiles of adjustment for six couples recruited from the urology clinics of local hospitals in Tasmania, Australia.

Results: Themes identified were associated with the dyadic challenges of the disease experience (e.g. relationship intimacy, disease progression and carer burden). Couples with poor psychological adjustment profiles had both clinical and global locus of distress, treatment side-effects, carer burden and poor general health. Resilient couples demonstrated relationship closeness and adaptive cognitive and behavioural coping strategies. The themes informed the adaption of an effective program for couples coping with women’s cancers (CanCOPE, to create a program for couples facing advanced prostate cancer (ProCOPE-Adv).

Conclusion: Mixed method results inform the development of psychological therapy components for couples coping with advanced prostate cancer. The concomitance of co-morbid health problems may have implications for access and engagement for older adult populations in face-to-face intervention.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:advanced prostate cancer, oncology, intervention, psychological, couples, dyadic adjustment, mixed method
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Elliott, K-E (Dr Kate-Ellen Elliott)
UTAS Author:Scott, JL (Professor Jenn Scott)
UTAS Author:Monsour, M (Mr M Monsour)
ID Code:100608
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2015-05-22
Last Modified:2017-11-20

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