Who benefits? Distress, adjustment and benefit-finding among breast cancer survivors

Jessica Tartaro, Jonathan Roberts, Chiara Nosarti, Tim Crayford, Linda Luecken, Anthony David

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The current study explored distress and adjustment over time and a woman's ability to find benefit in her experience of breast cancer. Over 700 women were initially assessed at a pre-diagnostic visit to a breast clinic. Of those who were originally diagnosed, 39 women participated in all four study assessments, completed over a two-and-one-half-year period following diagnosis. Compared to non-benefit-finders, women who reported finding benefits in their breast cancer experienced high levels of distress pre-diagnostically, which significantly declined over time. Results of the current study suggest that a woman's distress prior to receiving her diagnosis of breast cancer may be related to her ability to find benefit during later stages of her illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-64
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2005


  • Adjustment
  • Benefit-finding
  • Breast cancer
  • Distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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