Applying a biopsychosocial perspective to investigate factors related to emotional adjustment and quality of life for individuals with brain tumour

Ownsworth, Tamara, Hawkes, Anna L., Chambers, Suzanne, Walker, David G., and Shum, David (2010) Applying a biopsychosocial perspective to investigate factors related to emotional adjustment and quality of life for individuals with brain tumour. Brain Impairment, 11 (3). pp. 270-280.

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Abstract

Objective: This exploratory study applied a biopsychosocial perspective to investigate cognitive and psychosocial factors related to emotional adjustment and QoL after brain tumour.

Methods: Participants included 30 adults with a brain tumour (60% benign and 40% malignant) who were aged 28 to 71 years (M = 51.5, SD = 12.3) and on average 5.4 years post-diagnosis (SD = 5.6 years). Participants completed a brief battery of cognitive tests and self-report measures of emotional status (Depression, Anxiety Stress Scale), subjective impairment (Patient Competency Rating Scale), coping (COPE), social support (Brief Social Support Questionnaire), and QoL (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy - Brain Tumour [FACT-Br]).

Results: QoL was significantly associated with global cognitive ability (r = .49, p < .01), subjective impairment (r = .66, p < .01), and satisfaction with support (r = .50, p < .05). Level of depressive symptoms was significantly correlated with premorbid IQ (r = -.49, p < .01), use of planning to cope (r = -.48, p < .01), and satisfaction with support (r = -.47, p < .01).

Conclusions: Overall, these exploratory findings indicate that emotional adjustment and QoL after brain tumour is related to a slightly different pattern of neuropsychological, psychological (self-perceptions and coping) and social factors. The clinical implications for interventions with individuals with brain tumour are discussed.

Item ID: 17280
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: brain tumour, quality of life, emotional adjustment
ISSN: 1443-9646
Date Deposited: 29 May 2011 22:59
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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