The context of adjustment: qualitative reports from Australian men being treated for non-localised prostate cancer
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Studies using standardised group measures can mask individual factors that patients consider important to understanding their adjustment. In this study, clinical psychologists categorised verbal and written comments from 77 Australian men before and during treatment for non-localised prostate cancer. Emergent themes included appraisals, health beliefs, coping resources, coping strategies, attributions about medication and feelings about participating in research. Results demonstrated substantial individual differences in adjustment to prostate cancer. Themes raised by participants suggest potential avenues for clinical interventions and future studies with this patient group.
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