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Group Psychotherapy for Women with Breast Cancer

David Spiegel and Rachel Kimerling

in Emotion, Social Relationships, and Health

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195145410
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848201 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195145410.003.0004

Series: Series in Affective Science

Group                         Psychotherapy for Women with Breast Cancer

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It must be taken into consideration that people diagnosed with cancer encounter not just physical damage but psychological problems as a result of the disease being terminal (at least, for some cases). That is why poignant back-up should be given to help the individuals concerned to cope with their illness. Aside from family members, friends, colleagues, and other significant people, there are institutions that provide interventions such as psychotherapy, which mainly comes in the form of group therapy with groups of patients with the same ailment. In this chapter compassionate and communicative counseling clusters for women with breast cancer are examined as a way to facilitate affective adaptation. Steps involved in the study consist of identifying the elements of psychiatric treatments and empirical evidences about the relationship of these components with psychological adjustment and mortality; reviewing literature regarding the effectiveness of therapeutic treatments and their interplay with well-being; and recognizing the type of support from others and the level of expression of one's self necessary to lengthen the survival period of patients.

Keywords: cancer patients; psychotherapy; emotional expression; social support; psychological intervention; well-being; adaptation; breast cancer

Chapter.  17739 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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