Cancer-specific self-efficacy and psychosocial and functional adaption to early stage breast cancer

Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19111, USA.
Annals of Behavioral Medicine (Impact Factor: 4.2). 05/2006; 31(2):145-54. DOI: 10.1207/s15324796abm3102_6
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Although self-efficacy is considered a key psychological resource in adapting to chronic physical illness, this construct has received less attention among individuals coping with cancer.
To examine changes in cancer self-efficacy over time among women with early stage breast cancer and associations between task-specific domains of self-efficacy and specific psychological, relationship, and functional outcomes.
Ninety-five women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer completed surveys postsurgery and 1 year later.
Cancer-related self-efficacy was relatively stable over 1 year, with only 2 domains of efficacy-(a) Activity Management and (b) Self-Satisfaction-evidencing significant increases over the 1-year time period. Cross-sectional findings were relatively consistent with predictions and suggested that specific domains of self-efficacy were more strongly related to relevant domains of adaptation. Longitudinal findings were not as consistent with the domain-specificity hypothesis but did suggest several predictive associations between self-efficacy and outcomes. Personal Management self-efficacy was associated with higher relationship satisfaction, higher Communication Self-Efficacy was associated with less functional impairment, and higher Affective Management self-efficacy was associated with higher self-esteem 1 year later.
Specific domains of cancer-related self-efficacy are most closely related to relevant areas of adaptation when considered cross-sectionally, but further study is needed to clarify the nature of these relationships over time.

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    • "The self-efficacy is a key variable in Social Cognitive Theory of Bandura [16, 17] which is defined as people’s judgments and beliefs about their abilities to mobilize motivation, cognitive resources, control on a defined event and the way of confrontation with obstacles and challenges. It empowered people to adopt health promoting behaviors and leave harmful attitudes [18, 19]. It has an important role in psychological adjustment, resolving mental disorders, physical health, strategies of self-guided behavior change and consultation [20]. "
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    • "These results are consistent with recent studies in Taiwan and Turkey (Cheng et al., 2011; Secginli, 2012) that implied that women who are convinced of their selfefficacy in managing cancer evaluation will more readily adapt to their new situation and maintain control over their life. Conversely, others have reported that knowledge of a diagnosis that exceeds 6 months (Gallagher et al., 2002) and the stage of cancer (Manne et al., 2006) may influence self-efficacy, a finding inconsistent with the current study. Our results demonstrate that significant changes in self-efficacy within both delayer and nondelayer groups indicated that all women may be susceptible to the negative effects of a breast cancer diagnosis at specific moments. "
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    • "Their findings identified that self efficacy at baseline did not predict distress at the follow up assessment six months later. Manne et al. (2006) conducted a longitudinal, quantitative study to investigate changes in cancer-specific self efficacy and their associations with psychological and functional outcomes over a twelve month period among women (n=95) with breast cancer, shortly after surgery and one year later. They found that self efficacy remained fairly stable over time with only two domains, activity management and self satisfaction, showing an increase during the study period. "
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