Depression burden, self-help interventions, and social support in women receiving treatment for breast cancer

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

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The purpose of this article is to describe the interaction effects of depression burden (depressive symptoms experienced as a burdensome side effect) with a set of oncology support interventions on social support for women receiving treatment for breast cancer. A repeated measures design was used with measurement occurring at three points in time: T1 (baseline after adjuvant medical treatment was initiated), T2 (six to eight weeks after T1) and T3 (three months after T2). Two hundred forty-seven women were randomly assigned to treatment (n = 194) or control (n = 53). The treatment group consisted of women participating in three different, but complimentary self-help interventions. Depression burden, even at low levels, influenced the critical dimensions of social support structure, function, and nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-35
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2000



  • Breast cancer
  • Depression
  • Oncology support interventions
  • Self-help
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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