Personal control after a breast cancer diagnosis: stability and adaptive value

Inge Henselmans, Robbert Sanderman, Peter C. Baas, Ans Smink, Adelita V. Ranchor

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OBJECTIVE: This longitudinal study aims to gain more insight in both the changes in personal control due to a breast cancer diagnosis, as well as in the stress-buffering effect of personal control. METHODS: Personal control and distress were assessed in breast cancer patients not treated with chemotherapy (n=47), breast cancer patients treated with chemotherapy (n=32) and in healthy women (n=58) at 3, 9 and 15 months after diagnosis. RESULTS: Results indicate that personal control was affected only in patients treated with chemotherapy, particularly right after the completion of treatment. Furthermore, the cross-sectional and longitudinal results provide modest support for the stress-buffering potential of control. CONCLUSIONS: The findings and future directions of research on the role of personal control in the adjustment to cancer will be discussed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-108
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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