Emotional, Biological, and Cognitive Impact of a Brief Expressive Writing Intervention for Women at Familial Breast Cancer Risk
Final rept. 1 Jun 2004-31 May 2009
MOUNT SINAI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE NEW YORK DEPT OF MEDICINE
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Women at familial breast cancer risk have highly inflated perceptions of their risk of developing the disease, high levels of cancer-specific distress, and lower levels of natural killer cell activity NKCA than women without familial breast cancer risk. The proposed study will examine the impact of an expressive writing intervention on emotional, biological, and cognitive processes among women at familial breast cancer risk. This intervention has been shown to have positive effects on emotional outcomes e.g., decreased distress, biological outcomes e.g., increased NKCA, and cognitive outcomes e.g., increased working memory in individuals writing about a variety of life stressors including minor stressors and major trauma. We propose a randomized controlled trial examining the effects of expressive writing intervention on emotional, biological, and cognitive functions in healthy women at familial breast cancer risk.
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