Journal article

Psychosocial adaptation in female partners of men with prostate cancer

AF Street, JW Couper, AW Love, S Bloch, DW Kissane, BC Street

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER CARE | WILEY | Published : 2010

Abstract

The objective was to explore the psychosocial adaptation of female partners living with men with a diagnosis of either localized or metastatic prostate cancer. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with 50 women at two time points (baseline and 6 months later). The interviews examined emotions, experiences, attitudes to sexual and continence issues and treatment decision making. As part of a larger prospective observational study, demographic data and scores for depression and anxiety were collected. Initial analysis demonstrated that the group of 11 women assessed as distressed on the anxiety and depression measures described reduced coping skills and poorer adaptation after..

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