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A Couples-Based Team Approach to Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy and Social Disapproval

Abstract Prophylactic bilateral mastectomy (PBM) is the current recommended course of action for women with increased genetic risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Nevertheless, many receive negative feedback from family and friends surrounding the decision to undergo this surgery because they do not have cancer when the decision is made; this results in a limited support network for coping with their PBM. Low social support is associated with depression, negativity, and anxiety. Women who had a PBM, were currently undergoing or had completed reconstruction, and were in a committed romantic relationship at the time of the surgery were surveyed (N = 53). The hypotheses that women who received negative feedback about their decision to have a PBM would h... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Gaytan, Jenelle A (Author) / Burleson, Mary H (Advisor) / Roberts, Nicole A (Committee member) / Mickelson, Krisitin D (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social psychology / BRCA / Health Psychology / Mastectomy / Prophylactic / Relationships / Team approach
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 53 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Psychology 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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