Accession Number : ADA320126

Title :   Evaluation of the Self-Help Interventions Program (SHIP): Psychoeducational Interventions For Patients With Breast Cancer.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Duong, Diep N.

PDF Url : ADA320126

Report Date : 09 JAN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 413

Abstract : The purpose of this study was to further develop treatment theory for SHIP psychoeducational interventions in order: 1) to discover those interventions which proved to contribute toward significant change rate in the self-reported perceptions of breast cancer patients concerning their feelings of personal well-being', 2) to assess the stability of the SHIP's treatment effect during the follow-up data collection period, 3) to profile which individuals were most likely to benefit from specific components of SHIP interventions, and 4) to test the processes by which the SHIP interventions affected the outcome. Outcomes studied were change in: self-help, enabling skills (belief-in-self, cognitive reframing, & problem solving), uncertainty level, psychological adjustment, and well-being'. Profiling factors were personal characteristics, medical characteristics, baseline support level, and baseline mastery level. Data were derived from the Self-Help Interventions Project (SHIP), an experimental, longitudinal study which had provided psychoeducational interventions to women with breast cancer in order to help them cope with their situation. The SHIP interventions consisted of education and psychological components. A nonprobability sample of 307 women was randomized into one of five possible treatment groups and a natural learning condition/control group.

Descriptors :   *PSYCHOLOGY, *INTERVENTION, *ADJUSTMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), *BREAST CANCER, UNCERTAINTY, PROBLEM SOLVING, MEDICINE, BASE LINES, LEVEL(QUANTITY), SUPPORTS, PATIENTS.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE