OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study is to describe from a relational perspective, partners' psychological adjustment, coping and support needs for advanced prostate cancer.
DESIGN: A mixed methods design was adopted, employing triangulation of qualitative and quantitative data, to produce dyadic profiles of adjustment for six couples recruited from the urology clinics of local hospitals in Tasmania, Australia.
METHODS: Dyads completed a video-taped communication task, semi-structured interview and standardised self-report questionnaires.
RESULTS: Themes identified were associated with the dyadic challenges of the disease experience (e.g. relationship intimacy, disease progression and carer burden). Couples with poor psychological adjustment profiles had both clinical and global locus of distress, treatment side-effects, carer burden and poor general health. Resilient couples demonstrated relationship closeness and adaptive cognitive and behavioural coping strategies. The themes informed the adaption of an effective program for couples coping with women's cancers (CanCOPE, to create a program for couples facing advanced prostate cancer (ProCOPE-Adv).
CONCLUSION: Mixed method results inform the development of psychological therapy components for couples coping with advanced prostate cancer. The concomitance of co-morbid health problems may have implications for access and engagement for older adult populations in face-to-face intervention.
Elliott Nee Murray KE1 Scott JL, Monsour M, Nuwayhid F. Are you the author?
Faculty of Health, School of Medicine (Psychology), University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia.
Reference: Psychol Health. 2015 May 26:1-15.