Finding benefit in breast cancer during the year after diagnosis predicts better adjustment 5 to 8 years after diagnosis

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Abstract

Cancer patients experience positive as well as adverse consequences from diagnosis and treatment. The study reported here examined longer term reverberations of such experiences. A set of benefit-finding items along with measures of well-being were completed by 230 early-stage breast cancer patients in the year postsurgery. Four to 7 years later, 96 of them again completed measures of well-being. Controlling for initial distress and depression, initial benefit finding in this sample predicted lower distress and depression at follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-598
Number of pages4
JournalHealth Psychology
Volume23
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2004

Keywords

  • Benefit finding
  • Breast cancer
  • Cancer sequelae
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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