Adjustment to perceived ovarian cancer risk.


Adjustment to perceived ovarian cancer risk.


Francoa Kathleen; Belinso Jerome; Casey Graham; Plummer Sarah; Tamburrino Marijo; Tung Ericka






Eighty-three women who perceived themselves to be at risk for ovarian cancer completed a battery of surveys. In addition to demographics, subjects were asked to complete the Brief Symptom Inventory, Multidimensional Health Locus of Control, Death Anxiety Scale, Taylor Anxiety Scale, Index of Sexual Satisfaction, Impact of Event Scale, and the Marlowe–Crowne Social Desirability Scale. Overall, the respondents were more similar to normal controls than to psychiatric outpatients. A correlation was drawn between higher levels of education and lower scores on the Brief Symptom Inventory, which measures characteristics such as somatization, obsessive compulsive behaviors, interpersonal sensitivity, and anxiety. However, those who had the highest scores on the Death Anxiety Scale were less likely to comply with the recommendation for a physical/gynecological examination. Patients who were most influenced by an external locus of control or ‘powerful other’ were more compliant with their physicians' recommendations for testing and examination. It is the authors' belief that individualized educational efforts and the presence of a solid support system may increase women's adherence to the recommended health care practices. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]


ADAPTABILITY (Psychology); ADJUSTMENT (Psychology); CANCER risk factors; GYNECOLOGY; OVARIAN cancer; WOMEN'S health services


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