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Psychosomatics. 2009 Jul-Aug;50(4):375-82. doi: 10.1176/appi.psy.50.4.375.

Coping patterns and psychosocial distress in female partners of prostate cancer patients.

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Department of Psychiatry, St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, P.O. Box 2900, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065, Australia. Jeremy.Couper@svhm.org.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

With medical advances since the 1990s, a growing proportion of patients are living for many years with prostate cancer (PCA) and the consequences of its treatment.

OBJECTIVE:

The authors investigated the experience of being diagnosed with cancer and the effects of its treatment on patients' partners.

METHOD:

The authors conducted an observational, longitudinal study of 103 couples facing the diagnosis of either localized (potentially curable) or metastatic (incurable) PCA at Time 1 and then 6 months later (Time 2).

RESULTS:

At both Time 1 and Time 2, psychological distress, marital satisfaction, and family functioning were measured in patients and partners; coping was measured in partners only. Partner maladaptive coping patterns of avoidance and self-blame at Time 1 predicted greater partner psychological distress at Time 2, as did "wishful thinking" at Time 2.

DISCUSSION:

Psychosocial interventions designed to promote adaptive coping in couples facing PCA warrant systematic study.

PMID:
19687178
DOI:
10.1176/appi.psy.50.4.375
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