A couple-based intervention for female breast cancer

Baucom, Donald H., Porter, Laura S., Kirby, Jennifer S., Gremore, Tina M., Wiesenthal, Naomi, Aldridge, William, Fredman, Steffany J., Stanton, Susan E., Scott, Jennifer L., Halford, Kim W. and Keefe, Francis J. (2009) A couple-based intervention for female breast cancer. Psycho-oncology, 18 3: 276-283. doi:10.1002/pon.1395

Author Baucom, Donald H.
Porter, Laura S.
Kirby, Jennifer S.
Gremore, Tina M.
Wiesenthal, Naomi
Aldridge, William
Fredman, Steffany J.
Stanton, Susan E.
Scott, Jennifer L.
Halford, Kim W.
Keefe, Francis J.
Title A couple-based intervention for female breast cancer
Journal name Psycho-oncology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1099-1611
Publication date 2009-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/pon.1395
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 276
End page 283
Total pages 8
Place of publication UNC-Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Publisher John Wiley & Sons for Department of Psychology,NC, USA
Language eng
Subject 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
1702 Cognitive Sciences
1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis
Abstract 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.
Keyword Women's breast cancer
Couples and cancer
Couple interventions
Social support and cancer
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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