Helping Couples Cope with Women's Cancers: An Evidence-Based Approach for Practitioners / Edition 1

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At last, here is a comprehensive guide for practitioners who work with breast cancer patients and their families. It includes a series of psychosocial interventions to be used with couples during early stage breast cancer. There is extensive evidence that emotional and social support positively influences women’s abilities to cope to breast cancer. The first person that a woman with breast cancer turns to for support is her husband or intimate partner. However, as partners of breast cancer patients are struggling with their emotional distress, they often feel inadequate about their ability to help their wives and partners cope. It is important for practitioners to understand this concept of twofold stress.

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"A family systems/cognitive behavioral approach to dealing with the stressors felt by a woman who is diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer and her intimate partner. … This book would make an excellent text for a graduate-level health psychology course dealing with the psychology of illness. It also would be good for a clinician … . is a current, up-to-date refresher on the literature of how illness affects the individuals diagnosed as well as the loved ones who support and help care for them." (Leslie B. Rosen, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 53 (42), October, 2008)

"Helping Couples Cope with Women’s Cancers is a guide that describes an approach to working with couples who are dealing with early stage breast or gynecological cancers. ... Overall, this book is a useful resource for clinicians working with women coping with breast or gynecological cancers. ... this book will serve as a helpful guide for clinicians working with this patient population." (Sharon L. Manne, Psycho-Oncology, Vol. 18, 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387748023
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Kayser, Professor, specializes in health psychology, social work in medical settings, intervention research, and couples therapy. She is the principal investigator of "Skills Training for Breast Cancer Patients and Their Partners" (funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Breast Cancer Research Program).

Recently she co-organized the "International Meeting on the Developmental Course of Couples Coping with Stress" (supported by a grant from the American Psychological Association, Science Directorate). She teaches courses on family theories and research, couples therapy, and social work practice with women. She received her B.A. from Michigan State University and her M.S.W. and Ph.D. (Social Work & Psychology) from the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.-I. Assessment.-Toward an Understanding of How Couples Cope with Cancer.-The Nature of Cancer and its Psychosocial Challenges.-WhyWork with Couples?-Assessing the Couple’s Adjustment to Cancer.-II.Intervention.-Helping Couples Cope with Cancer.-Integrating Tasks of Illness into the Couple’s Daily Routine.-Building Cognitive Coping Skills.-Communicating Support.-Expanding the Couple’s Coping Skills.-Enhancing Sexuality and Body Image.-Helping Children to Cope when a Mother has Cancer.-Living with Cancer After Treatment Ends

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