Emotional and psychosocial adjustment of women to breast reconstruction and detection of subgroups at risk for psychological morbidity

D. Gilboa, A. Borenstein, S. Floro, R. Shafir, H. Falach, H. Tsur

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Abstract

Thirty-four women who had undergone breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer were evaluated as to their emotional and psychosocial adjustment. Standardized psychological tests and a self-report questionnaire were used, along with the surgeon's evaluation of the aesthetic success of the reconstruction. Two psychodiagnostic tests were found to be of use in identifying maladjusted women who do not gain optimal benefit from the reconstruction: a questionnaire that evaluates the level of depression (Beck) and another that assesses the level of optimism (Cantrill). No correlation was observed between the surgeon's evaluation of the reconstruction's aesthestic success and the women's satisfaction. It was found that there are two groups of emotional-high-risk women: single women and women receiving adjuvant therapy. It is suggested that emotional-high-risk patients be given psychological support concerning the importance of the mastectomy and their reaction to breast reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-401
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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