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How stress management improves quality of life after treatment for breast cancer.

08 Mar

Researchers from the University of Miami find that group cognitive-behavioral stress management improves the quality of life in breast cancer patients, the most powerful component being the ability to relax at will.

Researchers from the University of Miami tested a 10-week group cognitive-behavioral stress management intervention among 199 women newly treated for non-metastatic breast cancer, following them for 1 year after recruitment.

The study found that there were reductions in reports of social disruption and increases in emotional well-being, positive states of mind, benefit-finding, positive lifestyle changes, and positive affect for up to 12 months, with some of the effects strengthening over time.

More specifically, the intervention increased confidence in being able to relax at will, and this specific stress management skill seemed to mediate the other outcomes, making it the intervention with the most beneficial effects.

Citation: Antoni MH, Lechner SC, Kazi A, Wimberly SR, Sifre T, Urcuyo KR, Phillips K, Gluck S, Carver CS. How stress management improves quality of life after treatment for breast cancer. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 2006 Dec; 74 (6): pages 1143-52. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award