Accession Number : ADA326197

Title :   Enhancing Positive Reactions to Breast Cancer Risk Appraisal.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 26 Sep 95-25 Sep 96,

Corporate Author : FRED HUTCHINSON CANCER RESEARCH CENTER SEATTLE WA

Personal Author(s) : Cochrane, Barbara

PDF Url : ADA326197

Report Date : OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 143

Abstract : Breast cancer screening is currently the most reasonable strategy for reducing the impact of breast cancer on women. However, increased perceived risk and psychological distress have been associated with lower screening rates. Thus, this study seeks to: (1) assess the psychological distress of 350 women ages 50 to 85 who receive breast cancer risk appraisal and randomization to immediate or delayed group psychosocial counseling (2) assess their breast cancer screening behaviors over 2 years from the time of enrollment; (3) evaluate the degree of association between perceived and estimated risk of breast cancer; (4) describe short-term psychological reactions to breast cancer risk appraisal; and (5) describe their sense of coherence, coping style, other health-related behaviors, social support, and perceived quality of life. This study will provide important information about women's reactions to breast cancer risk appraisal and ways to enhance positive health behaviors. In the second grant year, the intervention materials and program content have been finalized and implemented. A total of 107 participants have indicated an interest in participating. Of those, 35 have completed all intervention (individual and group) sessions and the first three questionnaire booklets. An additional 8 participants have completed some of the intervention and questionnaires.

Descriptors :   *STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), *BEHAVIOR, *BREAST CANCER, RISK, HEALTH, MATERIALS, TRACKING, ESTIMATES, SHORT RANGE(TIME), QUALITY, DATA ACQUISITION, WOMEN, INTERVENTION, LOW RATE, QUESTIONNAIRES, LIVING STANDARDS, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY).

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE