Coping with Breast Cancer: A Couples-Focused Group Intervention, Therapist Guide

Paperback | March 27, 2008

bySharon L. Manne, Jamie S. Ostroff

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Early stage breast cancer can be stressful and upsetting for both the woman dealing with the disease and her partner. This illness can also place a strain on a couple's relationship. However, couples who are able to provide effective support to one another are more likely to adapt well.Focusing on the couple as a unit can promote effective coping for both patients and their partners . This couples-focused group program aims to improve a couple's functioning as a "team" and provides a supportive environment for couples facing similar breast cancer-related issues. Over the course of six sessions, couples learn support and communication skills, as well as techniques to managestress and enhance intimacy. Modeling by group leaders and other couples facilitates skill acquisition. With continued use, the skills learned in group can have long-term benefits for couples . This guide, along with the corresponding workbook, provides all the information needed to implement this group program. It contains step-by-step instructions for running the group, as well as sample group leader dialogues, in-session activities, and homework assignments. The couple's workbook isdesigned to be shared by both partners as they work together through the program. By the end of the six weeks, couples will be better equipped as a team to cope with the stresses of cancer and the challenges that may lie ahead.

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Early stage breast cancer can be stressful and upsetting for both the woman dealing with the disease and her partner. This illness can also place a strain on a couple's relationship. However, couples who are able to provide effective support to one another are more likely to adapt well.Focusing on the couple as a unit can promote e...

Sharon Manne is Senior Member in the Population Science Division at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, as well as Adjunct Professor in the College of Health Professions at Temple University and Adjunct Professor in the Oncological Sciences Program at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Jamie Ostroff is an Associate Me...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:March 27, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introductory Information for Therapists2. Group Logistics3. Session 14. Sessiont 25. Session 36. Session 47. Session 58. Session 6Appendix A: A Blueprint for Cancer Survivors and Their Loved OnesAppendix B: Fidelity ChecklistsReferencesAbout the Authors

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"The writing style is accessible and aspirational...[a] very helpful resource."--Psycho-Oncology