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dc.contributor.authorHubbard, Gillen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMenzies, Sandraen_UK
dc.contributor.authorFlynn, Pamelaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorAdams, Sallyen_UK
dc.contributor.authorHaseen, Farhanaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Ianen_UK
dc.contributor.authorScanlon, Karenen_UK
dc.contributor.authorReed, Lizen_UK
dc.contributor.authorForbat, Lizen_UK
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: Relationships are a significant dimension of illness experience. At the couple level, partners will respond to illness as an interpersonal unit rather than individuals in isolation. Research adopting a relational perspective have focused on communication, relational coping and relationship functioning and satisfaction. To our knowledge, there is no published systematic review of literature that reports associations between a couple's relationship and psychological outcomes of patients and partners affected by breast cancer. Aim: To review studies that examine the impact of relational mechanisms on psychological outcomes in couples affected by breast cancer and thereby improve understanding of the connections between patient, disease and family. Methods: A systematic search for literature was conducted, which was followed by a thematic analysis of study findings and a narrative synthesis. Results: Sixteen papers were included. Papers were published relatively recently between 1988 and 2010. Three relational components were identified: (i) couple coping, (ii) relationship functioning and satisfaction, (iii) communication. While the literature indicates associations between relational and psychological variables, with such a small evidence base, the use of different terminology and different theoretical frameworks makes it almost impossible to draw definitive conclusions about which relational component holds greatest potential for effecting change on psychological well-being. Conclusions: While there remain many opportunities for contributing to the theoretical and empirical work in this field, there is sufficient evidence to propose a relational approach to supporting people affected by cancer.en_UK
dc.publisherBMJ Publishing Groupen_UK
dc.relationHubbard G, Menzies S, Flynn P, Adams S, Haseen F, Thomas I, Scanlon K, Reed L & Forbat L (2013) Relational mechanisms and psychological outcomes in couples affected by breast cancer: a systematic narrative analysis of the literature. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 3 (3), pp. 309-317.
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dc.titleRelational mechanisms and psychological outcomes in couples affected by breast cancer: a systematic narrative analysis of the literatureen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleBMJ Supportive and Palliative Careen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCancer Care Research Centre - LEGACYen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationHealth Sciences Research - Stirling - LEGACYen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Stirlingen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationHealth Sciences Research - Stirling - LEGACYen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationHealth Sciences Research - Stirling - LEGACYen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationNHS Highlanden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBreast Cancer Careen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBreast Cancer Careen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationHealth Sciences Research - Stirling - LEGACYen_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorHubbard, Gill|0000-0003-2165-5770en_UK
local.rioxx.authorMenzies, Sandra|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorFlynn, Pamela|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorAdams, Sally|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorHaseen, Farhana|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorThomas, Ian|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorScanlon, Karen|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorReed, Liz|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorForbat, Liz|0000-0002-7218-5775en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
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