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Applying a Biopsychosocial Perspective to Investigate Factors Related to Emotional Adjustment and Quality of Life for Individuals With Brain Tumour

Brain Impairment
Volume 11 Issue 3 (2010)

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.

To cite this article: Ownsworth, Tamara; Hawkes, Anna L; Chambers, Suzanne; Walker, David G and Shum, David. Applying a Biopsychosocial Perspective to Investigate Factors Related to Emotional Adjustment and Quality of Life for Individuals With Brain Tumour [online]. Brain Impairment, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2010: 270-280. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=691153784494433;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1443-9646. [cited 25 Sep 16].

Personal Author: Ownsworth, Tamara; Hawkes, Anna L; Chambers, Suzanne; Walker, David G; Shum, David; Source: Brain Impairment, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2010: 270-280 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1443-9646 Subject: Quality of life; Medicine and psychology; Clinical health psychology; Brain--Tumors--Patients; Brain--Diseases--Psychological aspects; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) School of Psychology and Griffith Institute for Health and Medical Research, Mt Gravatt Campus, Nathan QLD 4111, Australia
(2) Viertel Centre for Research in Cancer Control, Cancer Council Queensland, and School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Australia
(3) School of Psychology and Griffith Institute for Health and Medical Research, Griffith University, and Viertel Centre for Research in Cancer Control, Cancer Council Queensland, Australia
(4) Briz Brain and Spine Pty Ltd, Brisbane, Australia
(5) School of Psychology and Griffith Institute for Health and Medical Research, Griffith University, Australia

Database: Health Collection