Depression burden, psychological adjustment, and quality of life in women with breast cancer: Patterns over time

Terry A. Badger, Carrie Jo Braden, Merle H. Mishel, Alice Longman

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The purpose of this study was to examine how level of depression burden influences women's psychological adjustment and quality of life over time and how depression burden interacted with a community-based oncology support program to influence psychological adjustment and life quality. Participants were 169 women who completed a side effects checklist at three data collection points. Women were divided into two groups based on their depression burden scores: 123 women reporting no burden, and 46 women reporting high depression burden. For psychological adjustment, there were significant interaction effects for intervention by time and for intervention by depression burden by time and significant main effects for depression burden. For life quality, there was a significant interaction effect for intervention by time and a significant main effect for depression burden. The findings document the negative impact of depression burden on psychological adjustment and life quality. Oncology support interventions can be effective in reducing this negative impact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-28
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2004



  • Breast cancer
  • Depression
  • Oncology support interventions
  • Psychological adjustment
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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