Family Intervention for Young Women With Breast Cancer.
Annual rept. 1 Sep 97-31 Aug 98,
PITTSBURGH UNIV PA
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Breast cancer in young women with spouses and children increases the risk of psychological morbidity not only for the patient but also for the family due to the substantial mutual effects of each family members adjustment to the diagnosis and its future implications. Psychosocial interventions are effective a reducing psychological morbidity in cancer patients, but to date the young woman with breast cancer and her family have not been targeted for such intervention. This report presents pilot data on the impact of breast cancer on the families of younger women, focusing on the effects of breast cancer on parental adjustment, family coping, and on the adjustment of preschool and school-age children. This data was used to develop a Basic psychosocial intervention involving a group for breast cancer patients and their spouses and an Expanded intervention that adds groups for the children. The effects 0 the Basic and the Expanded interventions on reducing psychological distress and enhancing coping in young women with breast cancer and their families will be compared in the second and third years of funding.
- Medicine and Medical Research