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Sexual Adjustment and Body Image Scale (SABIS): a new measure for breast cancer patients.

Women's Mental Health Program, Women's College Hospital, Ontario, Canada.
The Breast Journal (Impact Factor: 1.43). 05/2009; 15(3):287-90. DOI: 10.1111/j.1524-4741.2009.00718.x
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ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a self-report measure of body image and sexual adjustment in breast cancer patients: the Sexual Adjustment and Body Image Scale (SABIS). Three hundred and fifty three women diagnosed with primary breast cancer that had completed initial surgical treatment completed the SABIS and five measures of psychological, psychosocial, and sexual functioning. Psychometric properties of the SABIS were examined and it was found to be a reliable and valid means of assessing body image and sexuality in breast cancer patients following surgery.

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