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A couple-based intervention for female breast cancer


Baucom, DH and Porter, LS and Kirby, JS and Gremore, TM and Wiesenthal, N and Aldridge, W and Fredman, SJ and Stanton, SE and Scott, JL and Halford, KW and Keefe, FJ, A couple-based intervention for female breast cancer, Psycho-Oncology, 18, (3) pp. 276-283. ISSN 1057-9249 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1002/pon.1395


Objective: Although women's breast cancer affects both women and their male partners, as well as their relationships, few interventions have been developed to work with couples confronting breast cancer. The current investigation presents the pilot results from a new couple-based intervention program for breast cancer that teaches couples how to minimize negative effects and maximize positive functioning during this difficult time. Method: In this pilot study, 14 couples in which the wife had early stage breast cancer were randomly assigned to one of the two treatment conditions: Couple-based relationship enhancement (RE) or treatment-as-usual (TAU). Results: The results from this study suggest that compared with couples receiving treatment-as-usual, both women and men in the RE condition experienced improved functioning on individual psychological variables as well as relationship functioning at posttest and 1-year follow-up. In addition, women in RE show fewer medical symptoms at both time periods. Conclusions: In this pilot study, the couple-based intervention, RE, has shown promise in improving individual, medical, and relationship functioning for couples in which the woman is facing breast cancer, and therefore merits further investigation on a larger scale. Copyright 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:women's breast cancer couples and cancer couple interventions oncology social support and cancer
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:56496
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:98
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2009-05-07
Last Modified:2011-07-27

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