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Health Soc Work. 1997 May;22(2):133-41.

A support group intervention to facilitate young adults' adjustment to cancer.

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  • 1University of South Florida, USA.


Results of a previous survey of 46 young adults with cancer led to the development of a professionally led support group to address their unique concerns. The intervention combined group therapy techniques with Psychoeducational strategies in six weekly sessions on the topics of anxiety about health and physical well-being, worry about fertility and raising children, problems in relationships, financial concerns, and body image. Pretest and posttests demonstrated significant improvement in the 14 participants' scores on a measure of psychological well-being but no changes in coping mechanisms or overall quality of life. Practice recommendations include expanding the group to eight sessions and providing less structure. Arguments in favor of time-limited group interventions for cancer patients are presented.

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