Breast cancer is known to cause substantial anxiety, depressed mood, and diminished marital functioning in the diagnosed woman's spouse. Despite the scope and magnitude of these issues, few intervention studies have included spouses or addressed the causes of their lower functioning. The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the short-term impact of a 5-session, clinic-based, educational counseling intervention for spouses whose wife was recently diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. The goals of the intervention were to enhance spouses' skills and confidence to communicate and interpersonally support his wife about the breast cancer as well as improve spouses' self-care, depressed mood, anxiety, and marital adjustment. Pre-post-test results obtained from 20 spouses from valid and reliable standardized questionnaires showed significant improvements in spouses' depressed mood, anxiety, skills, self-confidence, and self-care. Confidential post-intervention interviews with spouses and wives included detailed examples of positive changes in the spouse's communication and support to his wife about the breast cancer, diminished tension in the spouse, and improved quality in the couple's relationship. Further evaluation of the Helping Her Heal Program is warranted within a clinical trial.
"03 ) studied the importance of couple relationships in a woman ' s psychosocial adjustment . The author emphasized the importance of relational coping , which she defines as " the active processes that developed between a woman and her partner to deal with the experience of the illness " ( p . 51 ) . Short - term communication skills train - ing ( Lewis et al . 2008 ; Manne et al . , 2006 ; Scott , Halford , & Ward , 2004 ; Zunkel , 2003 ) , comprehensive relationship enhancement ( Baucom et al . , 2009 ) , and approach - oriented coping by survivor and partner ( Kraemer , Stanton , Meyerowitz , Rowland , & Ganz , 2011 ) were found to be most effective in improving relational coping . Couple - base"
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Women who have survived breast cancer often suffer from short-term and long-term sexual side effects due to the different treatments that they undergo. The sexual side effects and altered sexual self-schema can affect their quality of life significantly and may result in a deep sense of loss. However, their intimate partners, family, friends, health care providers, and psychotherapists may not acknowledge this ambiguous loss. Hence, grief related to their loss may be disenfranchised – a kind of grief that is precipitated by a loss that cannot be socially sanctioned, openly acknowledged, or publically mourned. Using the permission giving, limited information, specific suggestions, and intensive therapy model as a framework, an assessment protocol and the Pillai-Friedman and Ashline treatment model are proposed for addressing the ambiguous losses and disenfranchised grief that may be experienced by breast cancer survivors.
Sexual and Relationship Therapy 10/2014; 29(4). DOI:10.1080/14681994.2014.934340 · 0.51 Impact Factor
"Breast cancer is fairly common among American women; approximately 12% will be diagnosed with the disease over their life time (ACS, 2013). Such a diagnosis affects the mental health of the patient and her romantic partner, which can ultimately have negative consequences on their relationship (Lewis et al., 2008; McLean et al., 2013; Naaman et al., 2009; Picard et al., 2013; Zunkel, 2003). Therapists working with such clients through an EFT framework will have the opportunity to incorporate personcentered theory, structural systems theory, and attachment theory to help couples identify the ways in which underlying emotions and attachment needs create a negative cycle of interaction and are exacerbated by a cancer diagnosis. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Women with breast cancer experience a range of distressing emotions, and their partners experience increased distress as well. As a result, their relationship and the patient's health can be negatively affected. A theoretical foundation and specific techniques for applying Emotionally Focused Therapy in couples counseling for breast cancer is presented. A descriptive case study is used to illustrate the process.
Data provided are for informational purposes only. Although carefully collected, accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The impact factor represents a rough estimation of the journal's impact factor and does not reflect the actual current impact factor. Publisher conditions are provided by RoMEO. Differing provisions from the publisher's actual policy or licence agreement may be applicable.