Psychological adjustment to breast cancer

Bruce E. Compas, Linda Luecken

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Breast cancer remains a highly prevalent and extraordinarily stressful experience for hundreds of thousands of women each year in the United States and around the world. Psychological research has provided a picture of the emotional and social impact of breast cancer on patients' lives, and of factors associated with better versus worse adjustment. Psychosocial interventions have been beneficial in decreasing patients' distress and enhancing their quality of life. Recent research also suggests that psychological factors may be related to potentially important biological disease-related processes. In addition to providing an understanding of the psychological factors in breast cancer, research in this area has provided a framework for research on adaptation to health-related stress in general.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-114
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2002


  • Breast cancer
  • Coping
  • Psychological adjustment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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