Breast cancer patients' topic avoidance and psychological distress: the mediating role of coping.

  title={Breast cancer patients' topic avoidance and psychological distress: the mediating role of coping.},
  author={Erin Donovan-Kicken and John P. Caughlin},
  journal={Journal of health psychology},
  volume={16 4},
Avoiding communication about cancer is common and is likely to have negative psychological health consequences for patients, yet the connection between topic avoidance and psychological well-being is not well understood. This study of women with breast cancer examined coping behaviors as mediating mechanisms through which their cancer-related topic avoidance might affect their psychological distress. Consistent with predictions, greater levels of patient topic avoidance were associated with… CONTINUE READING


Publications citing this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 19 extracted citations

Communication avoidance, coping and psychological distress of women with breast cancer

Journal of Behavioral Medicine • 2015
View 12 Excerpts
Highly Influenced

Adjusting to Chronic Health Conditions.

Annual review of psychology • 2017
View 2 Excerpts


Publications referenced by this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 50 references

You want to measure coping but your protocol's too long: consider the brief COPE.

International journal of behavioral medicine • 1997
View 6 Excerpts
Highly Influenced

The partner relationship in psychological response to breast cancer.

Social science & medicine • 1995
View 6 Excerpts
Highly Influenced

Writing about Emotional Experiences as a Therapeutic Process

William James, Pennebaker TaWe
View 4 Excerpts
Highly Influenced

Longitudinal analysis of a model to predict quality of life in prostate cancer patients and their spouses.

Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine • 2008
View 2 Excerpts

Openness and avoidance in couples communicating about cancer

DJ Goldsmith, LE Miller, JP Caughlin
CS Beck (ed.), Communication Yearbook • 2008
View 2 Excerpts

African American women with breast cancer and their spouses' perception of care received from physicians.

The ABNF journal : official journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education, Inc • 2006
View 2 Excerpts

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…