Psychological reactions to radiation therapy: reconsideration of the adaptive aspects of anxiety.

@article{Andersen1985PsychologicalRT,
  title={Psychological reactions to radiation therapy: reconsideration of the adaptive aspects of anxiety.},
  author={Barbara L. Andersen and Hamed H. Tewfik},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1985},
  volume={48 4},
  pages={
          1024-32
        }
}
A common form of cancer treatment is radiation therapy. In this investigation individual differences in the psychological reactions of 45 patients undergoing external treatment were examined in the context of the Janis (1958) and linear decline models (e.g., Spielberger, Auerbach, Wadworth, Dunn, & Taulbee, 1973) of medical stressor anxiety. Evaluation included pre- and postradiation assessments of the subjects' state and trait anxiety, somatic complaints, and treatment side effects… CONTINUE READING

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