Eileen J Burker

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OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to describe the coping strategies used by cardiac patients who are pursuing heart transplant and to determine which coping strategies are related to depression and self-reported disability. METHOD This is a cross-sectional design with 50 cardiac patients (74% male) who were inpatients being evaluated for heart(More)
Fear of falling may constitute an independent risk factor for disability, leading older people to unnecessarily restrict their activity. Sixty older adults with chronic dizziness and 66 healthy controls were studied to help clarify the interrelationships among demographic factors, psychological status, physical health, and fear of falling. Chronic dizziness(More)
The effects of rules versus shaping on the behavior of depressed and nondepressed individuals were compared. Extending the findings in the depressive realism literature to a learning paradigm, the behavior of depressed individuals was more sensitive to changing contingencies than was the behavior of nondepressed individuals. Contrary to hypotheses, however,(More)
The effects of three commonly performed cardiac procedures on cognitive performance were evaluated in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery (N = 20), percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) procedure (N = 8), or cardiac valve repair (N = 11). Patients completed a neuropsychological test battery on the day prior to(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess whether health locus of control beliefs measured pre-transplant predicted survival after lung transplant. Participants were 100 patients who completed the Multidimensional Health Locus of Control scale before and after transplant. Cox proportional hazards regressions were used to investigate the relationship between(More)
OBJECTIVE The present longitudinal study was designed to: 1) determine the ability of the Mini Mental State Exam (MMSE) to predict neuropsychologic impairment based on neuropsychologic testing five to seven days and six weeks after cardiac surgery; and 2) to determine whether the traditional or the education-related MMSE norms are more appropriate to use(More)
Vocteer is a university and community support agency collaborative program that matches undergraduate and graduate students with persons diagnosed with severe psychiatric disabilities in community-based volunteer positions. The program aims to improve self-esteem, community inclusion, and vocational skills of program participants. In addition, Vocteer helps(More)
Researchers studying depression often encounter research participants in serious preexisting distress. Examining investigators' ethical responsibilities to these subjects, Stanton and New (1988) found that depression researchers reported actions that ranged from doing nothing to contacting both the distressed subject and a significant other. By(More)
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