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ERIC Number: EJ775929
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0167
Finding Benefit from Cancer
Tallman, Benjamin A.; Altmaier, Elizabeth; Garcia, Carla
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v54 n4 p481-487 Oct 2007
Being diagnosed with and treated for cancer is a traumatic experience. Many cancer patients undergoing treatment manifest psychological distress and physical impairment. But this experience may also serve as a stimulus for positive growth. A growing body of literature addresses the possibility of positive growth through difficult events, a concept known as finding benefit. In the current study, the authors investigate finding benefit among 56 adult cancer patients over a period of 3 years, examining the role of optimism and the effects of finding benefit on later depression and physical functioning. The results demonstrated that finding benefit 1 year after treatment was related to both depression and physical functioning at a 3-year follow-up.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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