Applying a biopsychosocial perspective to investigate factors related to emotional adjustment and quality of life for individuals with brain tumour

T. Ownsworth, A.L. Hawkes, S. Chambers, D.G. Walker, Ho Keung David Shum

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-280
Number of pages11
JournalBrain Impairment
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Brain tumour
  • Emotional adjustment
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neurology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Speech and Hearing

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