Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

Now in its eighteenth exciting year of publication, the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology is the first multidisciplinary journal published specifically for health professionals responsible for the psychosocial needs of cancer patients and their families. This forum provides for the rapid publication of new clinical and research material to help advance clinical and helping skills, as well as exploratory, hypothesis testing, and program evaluation research on such critical areas as the stigma of cancer, employment and personal problems facing cancer patients, patient education, family involvement in patient care, children with cancer, psychosocial needs of cancer patients, hospital and hospice staff, and volunteers. The journal covers all aspects of psychosocial care of the cancer patient from infancy through geriatrics. The distinguished editorial board includes representatives from many different fields in psychosocial oncology, including education, epidemiology, health advocacy, medical oncology, neurology, nursing, nutrition, pastoral counseling, physical therapy, psychiatry, psychology, public health, social work, sociology, and surgical oncology. Special columns and sections featured in the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology include: discussions of current ethical, philosophical, and existential issues for the psychosocial oncology specialist; a column on research issues, strategies, and methodologies in psychosocial oncology; announcements of current meetings, symposia, and courses offered in psychosocial oncology; book reviews that highlight important, new book-length works dealing with specific areas of psychosocial oncology; a selective bibliography of psychosocial oncology articles appearing in other journals.

Current impact factor: 1.04

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Additional details

5-year impact 1.38
Cited half-life 9.20
Immediacy index 0.09
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.46
Website Journal of Psychosocial Oncology website
Other titles Journal of psychosocial oncology (Online), Journal of psychosocial oncology
ISSN 1540-7586
OCLC 50132408
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The goal of the present research is to investigate and analyze possible peculiarities of the psychological state of cancer patients undergoing treatment. Scores characterizing the trait and state anxiety were acquired using Integrative Anxiety Test from four groups: adults with no appreciable disease, pregnant women, cancer patients examined during the specific antitumour treatment, and cancer patients brought into lasting clinical remission. Statistical analysis of the testing results revealed the bimodal type of the distribution of scores. The only statistically significant exception was the distribution of the state anxiety scores in cancer patients undergoing treatment that was clearly unimodal.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1067280
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    ABSTRACT: Social cognitive theory (SCT) measures related to exercise adherence in head and neck cancer (HNCa) patients were developed. Enrolling 101 HNCa patients, psychometric properties and associations with exercise behavior were examined for barriers self-efficacy, perceived barriers interference, outcome expectations, enjoyment, and goal setting. Cronbach's alpha ranged from .84 to .95; only enjoyment demonstrated limited test-retest reliability. Subscales for barriers self-efficacy (motivational, physical health) and barriers interference (motivational, physical health, time, environment) were identified. Multiple SCT constructs were cross-sectional correlates and prospective predictors of exercise behavior. These measures can improve the application of the SCT to exercise adherence in HNCa patients.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1067277
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    ABSTRACT: The goal of this study was to determine the relationship between sexual adjustment, mastery, age, subjective health, and changes in sexual satisfaction in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. A cross-sectional descriptive correlation study was conducted with a convenience sample comprising cancer patients who were visiting two cancer centers in Korea. Data were collected using self-report questionnaires, including the Global Sexual Satisfaction Index (GSSI) and sexual adjustment subscale of the Psychosocial Adjustment to Illness Scale (PAIS). The Mastery Scale was used to assess self-control. The hypothesized model was tested using a path analysis with AMOS 17.0. The path model was used to investigate causal relationships between variables, to obtain maximum-likelihood estimates of model parameters, and to provide goodness-of-fit indices. The proposed path model showed a good fit to the data. Subjective health and age may have an effect, mediated by mastery, on sexual adaption. Participants who reported more decreased sexual satisfaction showed lower levels of sexual adjustment. Mastery was not a mediating factor between changes in sexual satisfaction and sexual adjustment. Our model provides a framework for improving sexual adaption in cancer patients with chemotherapy. Health professionals should recognize and assess prior sexual satisfaction and sexual problems when providing sexual health care during treatment.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1067278
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    ABSTRACT: Despite increasing utilization of hospice care, older adults with cancer enroll in hospice for shorter periods of time than those with other life-limiting illnesses. How older adults with cancer and their family members consider hospice is unknown. The purpose of this study was to compare decision-making in late-stage cancer in people who enrolled in hospice with those who declined. Concepts from the Carroll and Johnson (1990) decision-making framework guided the development of a hospice decision-making model. The study design was exploratory-descriptive, cross-sectional and used a 2-group comparison. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected in the same interview. Open-ended questions were used to explore the illness trajectory and decision-making process. The interrelationships between functional ability, quality of life and social support with hospice decision-making were assessed using the Katz, QLQ-30 and Lubben Social Network Scales. Study participants included 42 older adults with cancer who had been offered hospice enrollment (24 non-hospice and 18 hospice) and 38 caregivers (15 non-hospice and 23 hospice); N=80. The decisional model illustrates that the Recognition of Advanced Cancer and Information and Communication Needs were experienced similarly by both groups. There was interaction between the decisional stages: Formulation of Awareness and Generation of Alternatives that informed the Evaluation of Hospice but these stages were different in the hospice and non-hospice groups. The hospice enrollment decision represents a critical developmental juncture which is accompanied by a transformed identity and substantive cognitive shift. Increased attention to the psychosocial and emotional issues that accompany this transition are important for quality end-of-life care.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1067282
  • Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1067281
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated the contribution of patient and caregiver illness perceptions to the quality of life of head and neck cancer (HNC) patients. Ninety-eight patients and their caregivers (n = 80) completed questionnaires at diagnosis. Caregivers' illness perceptions were significantly more negative than patients with respect to consequences, timeline, treatment, concern, and the emotional impact of HNC. The interaction between some patient and caregiver illness perceptions explained additional variance in patient quality of life, above and beyond patients' own illness perceptions. These findings suggest that caregivers should be included in psychological interventions to improve HNC patient quality of life.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 05/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1046011
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    ABSTRACT: Breast cancer survivors commonly experience fatigue, but family-focused interventions as a means to reduce fatigue are understudied. This qualitative study explored the experience of adding a family component to a multi-modal group intervention for fatigue. Data were collected from group observations, in-depth interviews, and debriefing sessions with the program social worker. Fourteen survivors completed the family intervention (mean age 57 years) with a family member or close friend. Four themes associated with the family intervention were identified: (a) importance of family inclusion, (b) education of family members about fatigue, (c) enhanced family communication, and (d) family partnership to combat fatigue.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 05/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1046010
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    ABSTRACT: For people who are experiencing financial hardship, a cancer diagnosis can be devastating. For others, cancer may exacerbate financial stress, thereby influencing their livelihood, their ability to maintain employment benefits including health insurance, manage financial obligations, and participate meaningfully in cancer treatment. This study examined how vulnerabilities in psychosocial situations affect financial quality of life within the larger context of health-care decision-making through a survey conducted with a cross-sectional, availability sample of 90 cancer patients. Results from the multiple regression analysis found that health insurance adequacy, fewer perceived barriers to care, and reduced financial stress are significant predictors of better financial quality of life in this sample. Oncology social workers and other disciplines involved in psychosocial treatment with patients with cancer must assess and address financial and logistic aspects of life in order to provide comprehensive cancer care that meets all needs. Collaborative coordination with patients with cancer and their families to intervene psychosocially, medically, and financially are critical components of sound psychosocial and medical practice.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 05/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1045679
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    ABSTRACT: Young cancer patients are increasingly interested in preserving their fertility prior to undergoing gonadotoxic therapies. Although the medical safety and treatment protocols for fertility preservation have been well documented, limited research has addressed the emotional issues which arise in fertility preservation patients. We briefly review the literature on the psychosocial issues in adult female fertility preservation treatment and describe our experiences within this patient population patient. Our findings suggest that several important issues to be addressed during the psychological counseling of adult female fertility preservation patients include: 1) pre-existing psychological distress in patients undergoing treatment, 2) choice of fertility preservation strategy in the face of an uncertain relationship future, 3) decision making regarding use of third party reproduction (e.g., sperm/egg donation, gestational surrogacy), 4) treatment expectations regarding pregnancy and miscarriage, 5) ethical issues related to treatment including the creation, cryopreservation, and disposition of embryos/oocytes, and 6) decision regret from patients who declined fertility preservation.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 05/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1045677
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    ABSTRACT: This paper seeks to understand the experiences of single colorectal cancer patients. This study consisted of twelve semi-structured interviews which were digitally voice-recorded, transcribed and analysed. Six main themes emerged: (a) Gradual shift in view of cancer diagnosis from fatalistic to normalized; (b) Perception of cancer as a nadir experience; (c) Concerns of singlehood; (d) Factors influencing cancer experiences; (e) Factors influencing coping with cancer; (f) Range of responses towards cancer diagnosis. Singles with colorectal cancer require short to long term individualized care plans, and psychoemotional support. This may help enhance their individual coping and adjustment to the diagnosis.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 05/2015; DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1045678
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    ABSTRACT: Employment issues for cancer survivors (CS) were investigated from the perspective of Northern Ireland government general employment advisors. An e-survey was designed and developed based on the results of a scoping search of journal articles, previously validated questionnaires and relevant related surveys; discussions of draft versions of the e-survey and method with lead representatives of stakeholder organisations; and a pilot study with seven prospective respondents. The e-survey and subsequent reminder to employment advisors were distributed internally by the government employment advisory agency. The e-survey was completed by 78/156 (50%) advisors, the majority of whom (74%) received a request for advice in the last year from at least one CS. Most CS used the employment service less than one year (52%) or one year or more after treatment (32%). Fatigue was the most commonly reported barrier to returning to work (10%) and staying in work (14%); and a supportive employer was the top facilitating factor in returning to (21%), and continuing in (27%), employment. Although most advisors had a positive attitude about a CS's capacity to return-to-work, half were uncertain about how best to advise cancer survivors.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 03/2015; 33(3). DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1019658
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    ABSTRACT: This study was conducted to identify the burden care and quality of life of caregivers of leukemia and lymphoma patients who had undergone peripheric stem cell transplantation. The sample consisted of 123 patient caregivers, all of whom were relatives. Data were collected using a survey, the Burden Interview, and the Caregiver Quality of Life Index Cancer Scale. Data evaluation was done using correlation analysis, Kruskall Wallis, and Mann-Whitney U tests. Factors that were significantly associated with quality of life and care burden perception included caring for an older patient, patient dependence for daily activities, and having low economic status.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 03/2015; 33(3). DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1019660
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose. The goal of this study was to examine differences in physical functioning limitations among African-American and white breast cancer survivors. Methods. Data were analyzed from 724 African-American and 116 white breast cancer survivors who responded to a hospital registry-based survey. Physical functioning limitations were assessed using a series of eight questions in which individuals were asked about their ability to perform a physical task such as walking a quarter of a mile. A four category summary score, representing overall severity of limitation, was created using participant responses to the eight questions. Ordinal logistic regression was used to estimate the odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) for the association between race and physical functioning limitation adjusted for potential confounders. Results. In the unadjusted model, the African-American breast cancer survivors were more than twice as likely to have a greater degree of physical functioning limitation compared to their white counterparts (OR 2.29; 95% CI 1.57, 3.34). After adjustment for covariates, including body mass index (BMI), the race OR was further attenuated and no longer statistically significant (OR 1.55; 95% CI 0.99, 2.44). Conclusions. Findings from this study showed that African-American breast cancer survivors were more likely to have worse physical functioning limitations than their white counterparts; however, much of this disparity was due to racial differences in other variables such as BMI. Future research should focus on effective interventions targeting modifiable risk factors of physical functioning limitations among breast cancer survivors with the goal of improving quality of life.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 03/2015; 33(3). DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1019661
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    ABSTRACT: It appears from empirical studies that the problem solving ability of patients is associated with the experience of distress and the patients' mental state. The goals of this study were the (1) conception and (2) associated evaluation of the psychological short-time intervention "Problem Solving Training" (PST) for patients hospitalised for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT). (1) The conception of the PST comprised a multistage development phase. An existing manual for outpatients diagnosed with cancer was adapted to the specific situation of a HSCT. This was followed by development of a manual, definition of the general framework, instruction of coaches and implementation in a hospital setting. (2) The associated evaluation of PST was conducted from the patients' and the coaches' point of view. A total of 22 patients and five coaches evaluated the training. The training was evaluated by both patients and coaches as being well achievable with the exception of a limited time frame for the first module. The manual explanations were judged to be intelligible by all participants. Regarding on-topic alertness, patients were, on average, rated as "rather "to "very attentive". The patients evaluated the response to their needs as "good". They further assessed their overall condition due to the training as "good". This study provides preliminary evidence for the feasibility of PST by using the developed manual ("Psychological Short-term Intervention PST for Patients during HSCT"). Based on this, it is conceivable to implement this intervention in similar situations to the advantage of a different patient clientele.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 03/2015; 33(3). DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1019659
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Adaptation is an ongoing, cognitive process with continuous appraisal of the cancer experience by the survivor. This exploratory study tested a path model examining the personal (demographic, disease, and psychosocial) characteristics associated with quality of life (QOL) and whether or not adaptation to living with cancer may mediate these effects. Methods: This study employed path analysis to estimate adaptation to cancer. A cross sectional sample of NHL survivors (N=750) was used to test the model. Eligible participants were >18 years, at least two years post-diagnosis, and living with or without active disease. Results: 68% of the variance was accounted for in QOL. The strongest effect (-0.596) was direct by negative adaptation, approximately three times that of positive adaptation (0.193). The strongest demographic total effects on QOL were age and social support; <65 years of age had better QOL and better adaptation compared to those >65. Of the disease characteristics, comorbidity score had the strongest direct effect on QOL; each additional comorbidity was associated with a 0.309 standard deviation decline on QOL. There were no fully mediated effects through positive adaptation alone. Our exploratory findings support the coexistence of positive and negative adaptations perception as mediators of personal characteristics of the cancer experience. Negative adaptation can affect QOL in a positive way. Cancer survivorship is simultaneously shaped by both positive and negative adaptation with future research and implications for practice aimed at improving QOL.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 03/2015; 33(3). DOI:10.1080/07347332.2015.1020978
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    ABSTRACT: Using in-depth interviews, this paper explores the nature and sources of cancer-specific distress among 51 post-treatment adult Leukemia and Lymphoma Survivors (LLS), focusing on the role of lifespan stage in shaping reported stressors. LLS (all ages) reported physical after-effects of cancer treatment, with reported sources of emotional and financial distress varying by lifespan stage. Young adult survivors (18-39) reported a greater number of distress sources. Distress may persist up to four years post-treatment, particularly among younger LLS, who appear to be at greater risk of distress in multiple domains.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 02/2015; 33(2). DOI:10.1080/07347332.2014.1002658
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract The purpose of this research was to develop and pilot test an intervention to optimize functional recovery for breast cancer survivors. Over two studies, 31 women enrolled in a goal-setting program via telephone. All eligible women enrolled (37% of those screened) and 66% completed all study activities. Completers were highly satisfied with the intervention, using it to address, on average, four different challenging activities. The longitudinal analysis showed a main effect of time for overall quality of life (F(5, 43.1) = 5.1, p = 0.001) and improvements in active coping (F (3, 31.7) = 4.9, p = 0.007), planning (F (3, 36.0) = 4.1, p = 0.01), reframing (F (3, 29.3) = 8.5, p < 0.001), and decreases in self-blame (F (3,31.6) = 4.3, p = 0.01). The intervention is feasible and warrants further study to determine its efficacy in fostering recovery and maximizing activity engagement after cancer treatment.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 02/2015; 33(2). DOI:10.1080/07347332.2014.1002659