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Journal of Psychosocial Oncology

Jill Randall
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February 17, 2019: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Megan L Robbins, Robert C Wright, Ana María López, Karen Weihs
OBJECTIVES: This study examined word use as an indicator of interpersonal positive reframing in daily conversations of couples coping with breast cancer and as a predictor of stress. DESIGN: The Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR) and Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) were used to examine naturally occurring word use conceptually linked to positive reframing (positive emotion, negative emotion, and cognitive processing words). SAMPLE: Fifty-two couples coping with breast cancer...
February 11, 2019: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Jean M Hunleth, Robert Gallo, Emily K Steinmetz, Aimee S James
OBJECTIVES: In this paper, we analyze narratives from a Photovoice project on colorectal cancer screening that was carried out with people who had undergone screening and were found to not have cancer. METHODS: Three groups, totaling eighteen participants, took part in the project, meeting multiple times over the course of approximately 10 weeks, and discussing photos they took about colorectal cancer screening. RESULTS: A common way in which the participants conveyed their screening experiences was through reflection on their own or other people's illnesses...
February 4, 2019: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Bee Teng Lim, Phyllis Butow, Jill Mills, Annie Miller, Angela Pearce, David Goldstein
OBJECTIVES: Chinese migrant cancer survivors and carers face multiple barriers to accessing quality cancer information and support. This study aimed to explore the challenges and unmet needs experienced by the Australian Chinese community affected by cancer, and understand the contexts that hindered optimal care for this community. METHODS: Adult cancer survivors and carers, whose native language is Mandarin or Cantonese, were recruited through community cancer support organizations...
February 4, 2019: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Marcie D Haydon, Annette L Stanton, Patricia A Ganz, Julienne E Bower
PURPOSE: Cancer-related goal disturbance can influence long-term outcomes in cancer patients and survivors; however, few studies have examined the factors that contribute to goal disturbance in early survivorship. DESIGN: The current study examined the relationships between demographic variables, cancer- and treatment-related factors, and behavioral and psychological symptoms (i.e., fatigue, pain, cognitive complaints, depressive symptoms, and anxiety) and goal disturbance in breast cancer survivors 1 year after treatment completion...
January 25, 2019: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Ulviye Günay, Meral Özkan
OBJECTIVE: This hermeneutic phenomenological study was conducted with the aim to determine the emotions and coping methods of Turkish parents whose children were diagnosed with cancer. METHODS: Data were collected through in-person, in-depth interviews with 12 parents (8 mothers, 4 fathers). The semi-structured interview form was developed based on Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's model of the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance) with the addition of questions on coping methods...
January 22, 2019: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Maxwell Gelkopf, Trillium E Chang, Yan Zhang, Chengyue Zhang, Khairi Yi, Vixey Fang, Sandra Mendlowitz, Junyang Zhao, Helen Dimaras
OBJECTIVE: To characterize coping and distress among parents of children with retinoblastoma, and to uncover their association with perceived health literacy, self-efficacy, and social support. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study performed in the retinoblastoma clinics of Beijing Children's Hospital, Jilin Eye Hospital and Changchun Hospital in China. Parents of children with retinoblastoma (n = 104) completed a print Mandarin language questionnaire consisting of four sections: (i) demographic information, (ii) mini-mental adjustment to cancer scale, (iii) hospital anxiety and depression scale, and (iv) perceived health literacy, self-efficacy, and social support scales...
January 11, 2019: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Leonard L Berry, Scott W Davis, Andrea Godfrey Flynn, Jeffrey Landercasper, Katie A Deming
PURPOSE: To improve understanding of how people diagnosed with cancer perceive the term "cancer survivor" and what influences those perceptions. DESIGN: Patients' reactions to the term were surveyed quantitatively and qualitatively. SAMPLE: Women who have primarily experienced breast cancer belonging to The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation's Army of Women. METHODS: An online survey including fixed-alternative and open-ended questions...
January 7, 2019: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Leandra Desjardins, Maru Barrera, Fiona Schulte, Joanna Chung, Danielle Cataudella, Laura Janzen, Ute Bartels, Andrea Downie
OBJECTIVE: Pediatric brain tumor survivors (PBTSs) are at risk for impairments in social adjustment and psychological distress. This study investigated longitudinal associations between symptoms of social withdrawal and anxiety/depression in PBTS, as well as medical, demographic, and personal characteristics that may also influence reports of social withdrawal and anxiety/depression. METHOD: About 91 PBTS (51% male, mean age 11.21 years, off-treatment) participated...
January 7, 2019: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Katie Rider Mundey, Donald Nicholas, Theresa Kruczek, Molly Tschopp, Jocelyn Bolin
Numerous researchers have demonstrated that deliberate rumination serves as the foremost precursor to posttraumatic growth (PTG). However, understanding the factors responsible for facilitating deliberate rumination remains limited. This study examined three factors proposed by the functional-descriptive model of PTG as facilitators of deliberate rumination-emotional intelligence, management of intrusive rumination, and goal disengagement-among the cancer survivor population. Cancer survivors (N = 221) were surveyed using mail-based methodology within two months and five years of completion of all cancer treatment...
December 30, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Florence Labrell, Hugo Câmara-Costa, Christelle Dufour, Jacques Grill, Mathilde Chevignard
BACKGROUND: Despite evidence that pediatric cancer induces a trajectory of parental stress, studies including mothers of children with malignant brain tumors remain scarce. The present work aims to add to the scientific literature by evaluating maternal stress with a French translation of the Pediatric Inventory for Parents (PIP) in a population of mothers whose children have been diagnosed with a brain tumor. PROCEDURE: The mothers of 35 children with malignant brain tumors completed the Pediatric Inventory for Parents (PIP), the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and the Family Assessment Device (FAD) at a mean time since diagnosis of 2...
December 28, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Linda E Carlson, Erin L Zelinski, Kirsti I Toivonen, Laura Sundstrom, Chad T Jobin, Penny Damaskos, Brad Zebrack
Routine distress screening in United States oncology clinics has been mandatory since 2015. OBJECTIVE: This study was the first to assess distress in a geographically diverse sample of cancer patients following mandated distress screening implementation by oncology social workers. METHODS: Sites were self-selected via social workers who applied to participate in the Association of Oncology Social Work's Project to Assure Quality Cancer Care, advertised through their social media outlets and conference...
December 28, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Kathleen M Ingram, Jessye Cohen-Filipic
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: The study examined whether the bond with a companion dog is associated with well-being among people with cancer, and described the perceived benefits, challenges, and needs accompanying the relationship with the dog. DESIGN: The design was cross-sectional. SAMPLE: Participants were 140 people recently diagnosed with cancer with at least one dog in their household. METHODS: The online survey included measures of the human-pet bond, depressive symptoms, positive affect, and health-related quality of life, as well as open-ended questions about the experience of having a dog since being diagnosed with cancer...
December 28, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Jennifer L Young, Ashley Pantaleao, Lori Zaspel, Jessica Bayer, June A Peters, Payal P Khincha, Renee C Bremer, Jennifer T Loud, Mark H Greene, Maria Isabel Achatz, Sharon A Savage, Allison Werner-Lin
PURPOSE: Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS) is an inherited tumor predisposition syndrome with lifetime cancer risks approaching 100% and evolving risk-management strategies. This study evaluated couples' coping with LFS-related burdens. RESEARCH APPROACH: Constructivist grounded theory and anticipatory loss frameworks guided design and analysis. SAMPLE AND METHODS: Twenty-six individuals enrolled in the NCI LFS Family Study completed semi-structured interviews with their partner during annual screening visits...
December 28, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Catherine E Burnette, Soonhee Roh, Jessica Liddell, Yeon-Shim Lee
OBJECTIVE: Depressive symptoms have been identified as a primary predictor of quality of life among cancer patients. Depression and cancer are co-occurring and disproportionately elevated for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women. The purpose of this article is to examine American Indian (AI) women cancer survivors' coping mechanisms for depressive symptoms. RESEARCH APPROACH: The methodology included a qualitative descriptive approach with conventional content analysis to examine the coping strategies of AI women cancer survivors associated with depressive symptoms...
December 28, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Emily C Soriano, Christine Perndorfer, Scott D Siegel, Jean-Philippe Laurenceau
OBJECTIVES: Fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) is a top concern of breast cancer (BC) survivors and their spouses, yet little is known about responses to FCR triggers in daily life. We examined whether a biologically based individual difference-threat sensitivity-predicted FCR in couples facing the first post-diagnosis mammogram (MMG). We hypothesized that threat sensitivity would predict greater FCR reactivity before the MMG and higher peak FCR on the MMG day, controlling for global anxiety...
December 28, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Caroline S Dorfman, Sarah A Kelleher, Joseph G Winger, Rebecca A Shelby, Beverly E Thorn, Linda M Sutton, Francis J Keefe, Vicky Gandhi, Preethi Manohar, Tamara J Somers
The purpose of this study was to refine and test a mobile-health behavioral cancer pain coping skills training protocol for women with breast cancer and pain from medically underserved areas. Three focus groups (Phase 1) were used to refine the initial protocol. A single-arm pilot trial (Phase 2) was conducted to assess feasibility, acceptability, and changes in outcomes. The intervention was delivered at a community-based clinic via videoconferencing technology. Participants were women (N = 19 for Phase 1 and N = 20 for Phase 2) with breast cancer and pain in medically underserved areas...
December 26, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Patrice Cannone, Pascale Tomasini, Merlin Paul, Fabrice Barlesi, Lionel Dany
PURPOSE: Various studies have shown that the drafting of Advance Directives (ADs) is relatively uncommon. This study was performed to explore cancer patients' attitudes toward ADs, and their reasons for completing or not completing advance directive forms. METHODS: The research included interdependent steps designed to gradually collect patients' agreement and comments concerning their participation in an AD study. A thematic content analysis was performed on patients' comments...
December 26, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Jennifer Barsky Reese, Katherine Clegg Smith, Elizabeth Handorf, Kristen Sorice, Sharon L Bober, Elissa T Bantug, Sharon Schwartz, Laura S Porter
The purpose was to test the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of a 4-session couple-based Intimacy Enhancement (IE) intervention addressing breast cancer survivors' sexual concerns delivered via telephone. Twenty-nine post-treatment breast cancer survivors reporting sexual concerns and their intimate partners were randomized (2:1) to the IE intervention or to an educational control condition, both of which were delivered by trained psychosocial providers. Feasibility and acceptability were measured through recruitment, retention, session completion, and post-intervention program evaluations...
December 22, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Andrew Wood, Sejal Barden, Mitchell Terk, Jamie Cesaretti
OBJECTIVES: Prostate cancer (PCa) stigma and its relationship to quality of life (QoL) is a relatively new finding. As the experiences of couples facing PCa are shared, the study examined the relationship between of PCa stigma, QoL, and relationship satisfaction of PCa survivors and their spouses. DESIGN: A correlational design with dyadic data was used. SAMPLE: Participants (N = 80 dyads) were PCa survivors and their spouses sampled from an oncology center and PCa support groups...
December 22, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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