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A Review of Couple-Based Interventions for Enhancing Women's Sexual Adjustment and Body Image After Cancer


Scott, JL and Kayser, K, A Review of Couple-Based Interventions for Enhancing Women's Sexual Adjustment and Body Image After Cancer, The Cancer Journal, 15, (1) pp. 48-56. ISSN 1528-9117 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1097/PPO.0b013e31819585df


Despite the growing interest in couple-based interventions for women with cancer, only few of these interventions primarily focus on improving women's sexual and body image. A review of studies that investigated the impact of an intervention on women's sexual adjustment and/or body image was conducted. Twelve studies met inclusion criteria for this review: 8 randomized control trials, 2 pilot randomized control trials, and 2 quasi-experimental designs. Our analysis revealed that interventions that produce stronger effects tend to be couple-focused and include treatment components that (1) educate both partners about the woman's diagnosis and treatments, (2) promote couples' mutual coping and support processes, and (3) include specific sexual therapy techniques to address sexual and body image concerns. Future intervention research should incorporate randomized, controlled clinical trial designs conducted according to the revised CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials); include measures of body image, sexual satisfaction, and sexual dysfunction; have adequate statistical power; and include more diverse samples, especially women who are younger or from minority or less-educated groups.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:women's cancers, sexual adjustment, body image, psychosocial interventions
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Cancer and Related Disorders
UTAS Author:Scott, JL (Professor Jenn Scott)
ID Code:56494
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:70
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2009-05-07
Last Modified:2010-03-30

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