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

@article{DonovanKicken2011BreastCP,
  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},
  year={2011},
  volume={16 4},
  pages={596-606}
}
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

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