Date of Original Version

9-2001

Type

Article

Published In

Health Psychology. Vol 20(5), Sep 2001, 387-392. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.20.5.387

Abstract or Table of Contents

The authors report a 3-year follow-up of the effects of 8-week support group interventions on the quality of life of women with early stage breast cancer. Shortly after diagnosis, women were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 conditions: control, education, peer discussion, and education plus peer discussion. The education group intervention focused on providing information to enhance control over the illness experience, whereas the peer discussion group intervention focused on providing emotional support through the expression of feelings. Consistent with the results that emerged 6 months after the interventions (V. S. Helgeson, S. Cohen, R. Schulz & J. Yasko, 1999), the authors found that the benefits of the education intervention were maintained over a 3-year period N = 252) although effects dissipated with time. The authors continued to find no benefits of the peer discussion intervention, either alone or in combination with education

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