Journal article

Cognitive Existential Couple Therapy for newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients and their partners: a descriptive pilot study

Anna L Collins, Anthony W Love, Sidney Bloch, Annette F Street, Gillian M Duchesne, Judy Dunai, Jeremy W Couper

PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2013


OBJECTIVE: This paper aims to describe 'Cognitive Existential Couple Therapy' (CECT), a novel couples-based intervention for men with early stage prostate cancer (PCa) and their partners, and to report preliminary findings from a pilot study that investigated the acceptability and feasibility of the intervention and the measures to be used in a subsequent randomised controlled trial. METHODS: A manualised CECT programme was delivered to 12 couples facing a diagnosis of PCa within the previous 12 months by psychiatrists and clinical psychologists. Participants completed measures of psychological distress, marital function and coping pattern before and after CECT. Semi-structured interviews we..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the participants, the therapists who participated (Tessa Jones, Ann Boonzaier, Justine Diggens, Addie Wootten, Daina Rumbergs, Sarabjit Loyal, Annette Lidgerwood and Melinda Hill) and the clinicians who assisted in referral for the study (Gillian Duchesne, Farshad Foroudi, Keen Hun Tai, Scott Williams and Jeremy Goad). We would also like to acknowledge the support from beyondblue with this work.