Suzanne M. Miller

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  • S M Miller
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
  • 1987
Subjects were divided into information seekers (high monitors)/information avoiders (low monitors) and distractors (high blunters)/nondistractors (low blunters) on the basis of their scores on a self-report scale to measure coping styles, the Miller Behavioral Style Scale (MBSS). In Experiment 1, subjects were faced with a physically aversive event (the(More)
BACKGROUND Studies have shown that a majority of women with a family history of breast cancer have exaggerated perceptions of their own risk of this disease and experience excessive anxiety. In response to the need to communicate more accurate risk information to these women, specialized programs for breast cancer risk counseling have been initiated in(More)
BACKGROUND Two main psychologic coping styles for dealing with cancer and other health threats have been identified: monitoring (attending to) or blunting (avoiding) potentially threatening information. This article reviews results and implications from this research relevant to cancer screening and management. METHODS The Monitor-Blunter Style Scale has(More)
The authors evaluated the impact of individualized breast cancer risk counseling (BCRC) on breast-cancer-specific distress and general distress in 239 women with a family history of breast cancer. Following a baseline assessment of demographics, risk factors, coping styles, and distress, participants were assigned randomly to receive either BCRC or general(More)
This study explored the interacting effects of personal dispositions and situational conditions on the stress response. Forty gynecologic patients about to undergo a diagnostic procedure (colposcopy) were divided into information seekers (monitors) and information avoiders (blunters). Half in each group were exposed to voluminous preparatory information,(More)
BACKGROUND Childhood CNS primitive neuro-ectodermal brain tumours (PNETs) are very aggressive brain tumours for which the molecular features and best treatment approaches are unknown. We assessed a large cohort of these rare tumours to identify molecular markers to enhance clinical management of this disease. METHODS We obtained 142 primary hemispheric(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to explore the relationships among patients' perceptions about the roles they played during medical visits, their subsequent attitudes about their illnesses and treatments, and their self-rated improvement. DESIGN Questionnaires were completed by patients before, one day after, and one week after their medical(More)
This longitudinal study examined predictors of mammography use among women with a family history of breast cancer participating in a risk assessment and surveillance program (N = 213). Assessed were background variables (age, prior mammography utilization), cognitive variables (perceived vulnerability), and affective variables (cancer worry and general(More)
The authors examined predictors of psychological distress among women who were at increased risk for ovarian cancer. Participants were 103 women who had at least 1 first degree relative with ovarian cancer. Specifically, the authors tested the relationship between the dispositional attentional style of monitoring (the tendency to scan for threat-relevant(More)
Reliable model systems are needed to elucidate the role cancer stem cells (CSCs) play in pediatric brain tumor drug resistance. The majority of studies to date have focused on clinically distinct adult tumors and restricted tumor types. Here, the CSC component of 7 newly established primary pediatric cell lines (2 ependymomas, 2 medulloblastomas, 2 gliomas,(More)