An Overlooked Group in the Psychosocial Care in Breast Cancer: Spouses Cover Image

An Overlooked Group in the Psychosocial Care in Breast Cancer: Spouses
An Overlooked Group in the Psychosocial Care in Breast Cancer: Spouses

Author(s): Gülşah Yıldız, Duygu Hiçdurmaz
Subject(s): Psychology, Clinical psychology
Published by: Cukurova Universitesi Tip Fakultesi Psikiyatri Anabilim Dalı
Keywords: breast cancer; spouses; psychosocial care

Summary/Abstract: Breast cancer directly affects women physically, psychologically and socially in the process of diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment, leads to the deterioration of psychosocial adaptation, and affects the family and social relations negatively. The family, which is an important source of support in the breast cancer process, can face the same psychosocial troubles with women. The results of the research show that the most preferred source of support in families is spouses and their quality of life is lower than the other family members.Psychosocial care which is biasedly solely canalized to women by the healthcare professionals often overlooked their spouses and leads to be received inadequate support by them. In this context with the awaring of the psychosocial problems spouses facing, it is important to include spouses to psychosocial care which healthcare professionals provide to women with breast cancer. In this article, it is aimed to raise awareness about psychosocial problems experienced by the spouses of breast cancer patients as a mostly neglected group and possible interventions.

  • Issue Year: 11/2019
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 239-247
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English