Journal of Psychosocial Oncology (J Psychosoc Oncol)

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

Impact Factor Rankings

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

Publisher details

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

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    • STM: Science, Technology and Medicine
    • Publisher last contacted on 25/03/2014
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  • Classification
    green

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Personal psychosocial resources (e.g., positive affect, social support, perceived mastery, meaning in life) are associated with better sleep in noncancer populations, but there have been few studies in cancer patients. The present study examined psychosocial resources and sleep in gynecological cancer patients. Before chemotherapy, 72 participants completed self-report measures of sleep and psychosocial resources; 63 also completed actigraphic monitoring. Subjective sleep was associated with positive affect, social support, perceived mastery, and meaning in life; objective sleep was associated with social support. Future studies should examine whether interventions to enhance psychosocial resources result in improved sleep in this population.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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    ABSTRACT: While lung cancer is the deadliest type of cancer, survival rates are improving. To address the dearth of literature about the concerns of lung cancer survivors, we conducted 21 in-depth interviews with lung cancer survivors that focused on experiences during diagnosis, treatment, and long-term survivorship. Emergent themes included: feeling blamed for having caused their cancer, being stigmatized as "throwaways," and long-term survivors' experiencing surprise that they're still alive, given poor overall survival rates. Finally, survivors desired increased public support. It is imperative for healthcare and public health professionals to learn more about needs of this population.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Satisfaction with care is important to cancer survivors' health outcomes. Satisfaction with care is not equal for all cancer survivors and sexual minority (i.e., lesbian, gay, and bisexual) cancer survivors may experience poor satisfaction with care. Methods: Data were drawn from the 2010 LIVESTRONG national survey. The final sample included 207 sexual minority and 4,899 heterosexual cancer survivors. Satisfaction with care was compared by sexual orientation and a Poisson regression model was computed to test the associations between sexual orientation and satisfaction with care, controlling for other relevant variables. Results: Sexual minority cancer survivors had lower satisfaction with care than heterosexual cancer survivors (B = -0.12, SE = 0.04, Wald χ2 = 9.25, p<0.002), even controlling for demographic and clinical variables associated with care. Conclusions: Sexual minorities experience poorer satisfaction with care compared to heterosexual cancer survivors. Clinical implications: Satisfaction with care is especially relevant to cancer survivorship in light of the cancer-related health disparities reported among sexual minority cancer survivors.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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    ABSTRACT: Using semi-structured interviews with 50 hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) recipients who were 2-22 years post-transplant, this study investigates cancer survivors' interpretations of their economic and work-related experiences during and after treatment. Survivors described a variety of challenges in these areas, including job insecurity, discrimination, career derailment, the lack of career direction, delayed goals, financial losses, insurance difficulties, constraints on job mobility, and physical/mental limitations. Survivors described the ways these challenges were offset by external factors that helped them to navigate these difficulties and buffered the negative financial and career-related impacts. Good health insurance, favorable job characteristics, job accommodations, and financial buffers were prominent offsetting factors. Most survivors, however, were also forced to rely on individual behavioral and interpretative strategies to cope with challenges. Behavioral strategies included purposeful job moves, retraining, striving harder, and retiring. Some strategies were potentially problematic, such as acquiring large debt. Interpretive strategies included reprioritizing and value shifts, downplaying the magnitude of cancer impact on one's life, denying the causal role of cancer in negative events, making favorable social comparisons, and benefit finding. Post-treatment counseling and support services may assist survivors in identifying available resources and useful strategies to improve long-term adaptation in the career and financial realms.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Journal of Psychosocial Oncology

  • No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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    ABSTRACT: The importance of training non-psychology healthcare professionals to offer psychological support to people with cancer is becoming increasingly recognised. This small scale pilot project sought to identify the training and support needs of oncology staff, and evaluate the effectiveness of a Level 2 Psychological Support Training Programme workshop. Semi-structured interviews with five members of multidisciplinary oncology staff identified that training needs were primarily around communication skills, recognising and dealing with emotions, offering support and empathy, and self-care. Pre and post-training questionnaires developed with these themes in mind revealed that the Level 2 Training Programme workshops run in this network of hospitals are effective in increasing participants' levels of perceived knowledge and confidence across each of these domains. Recommendations are made for further enhancing this effectiveness.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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    ABSTRACT: Research suggests that spiritual well-being positively contributes to quality of life during and following cancer treatment. This relationship has not been well-described in ethnically diverse survivors of allogeneic transplantation. This study compares spiritual well-being and quality of life of Hispanic (n = 69) and non-Hispanic (n = 102) survivors. Hispanic participants were significantly younger, and reported significantly greater spiritual well-being than non-Hispanic survivors. Survivors with higher spiritual well-being had significantly better quality of life. Meaning and Peace significantly predicted quality of life. Although Hispanic survivors report greater spiritual well-being, Meaning and Peace, irrespective of ethnicity, have a salutary effect on quality of life.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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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.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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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.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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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.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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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.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: The long-term psychosocial impact of adult daughters caring for their mothers with breast cancer has been recognized but understudied. The objectives of this study were to characterize the psychosocial functioning of women who served as informal caregivers during their mothers. treatment for breast cancer in two distinct samples, community and high risk clinic, and to determine differences in psychosocial functioning between the two samples. Methods: Using a cross-sectional design, a sample of mostly married, Caucasian and college educated women (N = 59) were administered a battery of questionnaires assessing socio-demographic and psychosocial factors (i.e. coping, caregiving tasks and difficulty, social support, spirituality, mental distress, depressive symptoms). Results: Using descriptive analysis, chi-square and T tests, results demonstrated significant differences between the two samples in time since caregiving, with the community sample reporting few years since the caregiving episode (e.g. 2.1 versus 15.1 years); coping strategies, with the clinic sample reporting higher scores on active coping, behavioral disengagement, planning, and self-blame; support type care tasks difficulty, with the clinic sample reporting higher scores on emotional support and tangible support, and all domains of spirituality (e.g. peace, meaning, faith), with higher levels being reported by the community sample. Although participants did not exhibit clinically significant levels of emotional distress, almost 25% of the community sample and 10% of the clinic sample had clinically significant depressive symptoms. Conclusions: Findings underscore the need for interventions tailored for caregivers to consider the unique psychosocial characteristics of caregivers across settings.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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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.
    No preview · Article · May 2015 · Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: 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.
    No preview · Article · May 2015 · Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
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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.
    No preview · Article · May 2015 · Journal of Psychosocial Oncology