SUPPORT RELATED INTERACTIONS--COUPLES COPING WITH CANCER

Project Details

Description

The project proposed for this award examines support-related interactions
between cancer patients an their partners. Two studies are proposed. The
first study will address three issues. First, the study will identify
interactional patterns from observations of interactions between patient
and spouse, and determine the relationships between these patterns and
patient adjustment. Second, the study will investigate whether a match
between psychological characteristics and attitudes of partners in
support-related interactions predicts the psychological adjustment of the
recipient. Third, the direct and indirect effects of support upon
psychological distress will be examined using a longitudinal design.
Patients with either breast or colorectal cancer and their healthy
partners will participate in the study. The second study will use the
results from the first study to develop and implement a couple-focused
intervention to improve patient adjustment and support satisfaction.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date8/1/957/31/00

Funding

  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Cancer Institute

ASJC

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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