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The Impact of Written Emotional Disclosure on Cancer Caregivers’ Perceptions of Burden, Stress, and Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Published on Jul 3, 2018in Health Communication1.85
· DOI :10.1080/10410236.2017.1315677
Jacquelyn A. Harvey1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UMN: University of Minnesota),
Elizabeth A. Sanders16
Estimated H-index: 16
(UW: University of Washington)
+ 2 AuthorsJean Yi1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)
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ABSTRACTSpousal cancer caregivers’ emotional and relational health can become compromised over time due to ongoing challenges related to the cancer experience. This warrants a call for the assessment of interventions aimed at improving aspects of caregiver well-being. The current study employed a randomized controlled trial to determine whether emotional disclosure via the use of expressive writing improved spousal cancer caregivers’ perceived caregiver burden, stress, and depression. Participants (N = 64) were assigned to one of the two disclosure conditions: expressive disclosure or benefit finding—or to a time-management control condition. Participants completed three at-home writing sessions at one-week intervals. Results indicated that written forms of emotional disclosure might improve burden, stress, and depression contingent on writing condition. Specifically, both forms of emotional disclosure outperformed the control condition in reducing caregivers’ depression. The control condition outperforme...
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Published on Dec 1, 2016in Psycho-oncology3.43
Maria Isabel Lapid18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Mayo Clinic),
Pamela J. Atherton33
Estimated H-index: 33
(Mayo Clinic)
+ 4 AuthorsTeresa A. Rummans47
Estimated H-index: 47
(Mayo Clinic)
Objectives Caregiving can negatively impact well-being. Cancer caregivers face unique challenges given the intense nature of cancer and treatment, which increases their risk for burden, poor quality of life (QOL), and burnout. Studies to reduce caregiver burden demonstrate QOL improvement and distress reduction in the short term. However, few studies exist to address long-term benefits. We assessed changes in various QOL domains after participation in a QOL intervention for caregivers of patient...
Published on Oct 10, 2016in Journal of Clinical Oncology28.25
Kristin Litzelman18
Estimated H-index: 18
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Erin E. Kent27
Estimated H-index: 27
+ 1 AuthorsJulia H. Rowland56
Estimated H-index: 56
PurposePerceived quality of care (QOC) is an increasingly important metric of care quality and can be affected by such factors among patients with cancer as quality of life and physician trust. This study sought to evaluate whether informal caregiver well-being was also associated with perceived QOC among patients with cancer and assessed potential pathways that link these factors.MethodsThis study used data from the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance (CanCORS) consortium. Patients w...
Published on Sep 1, 2016in European Journal of Cancer Care2.42
Marie-Louise Möllerberg2
Estimated H-index: 2
(LNU: Linnaeus University),
Anna Sandgren7
Estimated H-index: 7
(LNU: Linnaeus University)
+ 3 AuthorsKatarina Sjövall6
Estimated H-index: 6
(Lund University)
The aim of this population-based registry study was to explore how cancer influences the health of partners, by examining the onset of new diagnoses for partners, health care use and health care co ...
Published on Feb 1, 2016in Supportive Care in Cancer2.75
Kristin Litzelman18
Estimated H-index: 18
(NIH: National Institutes of Health),
Paige A. Green6
Estimated H-index: 6
(NIH: National Institutes of Health),
K. Robin Yabroff35
Estimated H-index: 35
(NIH: National Institutes of Health)
Purpose Poor health of one spouse can adversely influence the partner’s health outcomes (“spillover”). This study aimed to estimate quality of life spillover among spouses and to determine how presence of cancer influenced these effects.
Published on Feb 1, 2016in Psycho-oncology3.43
Youn Seon Choi17
Estimated H-index: 17
(KU: Korea University),
Sun Wook Hwang3
Estimated H-index: 3
(St. Paul's Hospital)
+ 6 AuthorsSu Jin Koh7
Estimated H-index: 7
Objective Limited research has examined the quality of life (QOL) and its correlates among family caregivers (FCs) during the final stage of terminal cancer. The purpose of this study was to investigate the determinants of overall QOL and its subdomains among Korean FCs at the very end of life. Methods For this cross-sectional study, we enrolled 299 FCs of terminal cancer patients from seven palliative care units. To assess FCs' QOL and its predictors, we used the Caregiver Quality Of Life Index...
Published on Dec 1, 2015in BMC Psychology
Therese V. Cash4
Estimated H-index: 4
(VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University),
Sarah K. Lageman4
Estimated H-index: 4
(VCU: Virginia Commonwealth University)
Background Individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their caregivers are at risk for emotional distress and hypercortisolism. Expressive writing is an effective complementary intervention to ameliorate the psychological and physiological effects of chronic illness. This pilot study aimed to evaluate feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of an expressive writing intervention for individuals with PD and their caregivers.
Published on Nov 19, 2015in Journal of Personalized Medicine
Peeranuch LeSeure1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Payap University),
Supaporn Chongkham-ang1
Estimated H-index: 1
The objectives of this meta-synthesis were to: (1) explore the experience of caregivers who were caring for cancer patients, including their perceptions and responses to the situation; and (2) describe the context and the phenomena relevant to the experience. Five databases were used: CINAHL, MEDLINE, Academic Search, Science Direct, and a Thai database known as the Thai Library Integrated System (ThaiLIS). Three sets of the context of the experience and the phenomena relevant to the experience ...
Published on Jun 1, 2015in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention5.06
Kristin Litzelman18
Estimated H-index: 18
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K. Robin Yabroff35
Estimated H-index: 35
Background: Spouses of cancer survivors experience both positive and negative effects from caregiving. However, it is less clear what role spousal well-being may have on cancer survivors. This study aimed to determine the impact of spousal psychosocial factors on survivor depressed mood and whether this association differed by gender. Methods: We examined longitudinal data on cancer survivors and their spouses ( n = 910 dyads) from the 2004–2012 Medical Expenditures Panel Survey and a matched sa...
Published on Jan 15, 2015in Cancer6.10
Youngmee Kim37
Estimated H-index: 37
(UM: University of Miami),
Charles S. Carver98
Estimated H-index: 98
(UM: University of Miami)
+ 2 AuthorsRachel S. Cannady11
Estimated H-index: 11
(ACS: American Cancer Society)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to investigate associations between earlier caregiving experience and the development of physical impairments over the subsequent 6 years among family caregivers of patients with cancer. METHODS Family caregivers of cancer survivors participated in a nationwide survey 2 years after their relative's cancer diagnosis (T1) (N=1517) with follow-up at 5 years (T2) and 8 years (T3) postdiagnosis. Caregivers self-reported their demographics and levels of careg...
Published on Jan 1, 2015in Emotion3.13
Sylvia A. Morelli12
Estimated H-index: 12
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Ihno A. Lee12
Estimated H-index: 12
+ 1 AuthorsJamil Zaki29
Estimated H-index: 29
People are generous to strangers, but even more helpful to close others (Barry & Wentzel, 2006; Burnstein, Crandall, & Kitayama, 1994; Kogan et al., 2010; Maner & Gailliot, 2007). Individuals endure material and psychological burdens (e.g., lending money, sacrificing time and energy) in order to support close others, but these costs are often outweighed by the physical, mental, and material benefits of support provision. Helping others affords powerful and diverse positive outcomes to helpers (h...
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Published on Apr 29, 2019in Journal of Advanced Nursing2.38
Mao‐Mao Zhang (Anhui Medical University), Ya‐Juan Yang1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Anhui Medical University)
+ 3 AuthorsHui‐Ping Li2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Anhui Medical University)
Published on Oct 1, 2018in Psychological Review6.27
Gregory M. Walton27
Estimated H-index: 27
(Stanford University),
Timothy D. Wilson56
Estimated H-index: 56
(UVA: University of Virginia)