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United we stand? The effects of a couple-coping intervention on adjustment to early stage breast or gynaecological cancer

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Scott, JL and Halford, WK and Ward, BG, United we stand? The effects of a couple-coping intervention on adjustment to early stage breast or gynaecological cancer, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, (6) pp. 1122-1135. ISSN 0022-006X (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1037/0022-006X.72.6.1122

Abstract

Cancer diagnosis affects the psychological well-being of both patients and their partners, and effective coping has been suggested to be a conjoint process of mutual support. Ninety-four married women with early stage cancer and their partners were randomly assigned to couples-based coping training (CanCOPE), individual coping training for the woman, or a medical education control. Couples' observed support communication and self-reported psychological distress, coping effort, and sexual adjustment were assessed at diagnosis, after cancer surgery, and at 6- and 12-month follow-ups. CanCOPE produced significant improvements in couples' supportive communication, reduced psychological distress and coping effort, and improved sexual adjustment. Training in couples rather than individual coping was more effective in facilitating adaptation to cancer.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Author:Scott, JL (Professor Jenn Scott)
ID Code:39293
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:162
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2006-04-10
Last Modified:2006-04-10
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