Understanding emotional responses to breast/ovarian cancer genetic risk assessment: an applied test of a cognitive theory of emotion
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Understanding emotional responses to breast/ovarian cancer genetic risk assessment
Abstract: 

This study explored whether Smith and Lazarus' (1990, 1993) cognitive theory of emotion could predict emotional responses to an emotionally ambiguous real-life situation. Questionnaire data were collected from 145 women upon referral for cancer genetic risk assessment. These indicated a mixed emotional reaction of both positive and negative emotions to the assessment. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that the hypothesised models explained between 20% and 33% of the variance of anxiety, hope and gratitude scores, but only 10% of the variance for challenge scores. For the previously unmodelled emotion of relief, 31% of the variance was explained by appraisals and core relational themes. The findings help explain why emotional responses to cancer genetic risk assessment vary and suggest that improving the accuracy of individuals' beliefs and expectations about the assessment process may help subsequent adaptation to risk information.

Author(s): 
Phelps, Ceri
Bennett, Paul
Brain, Kate
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Psychology, Health & Medicine
Journal Abbreviation: 
Psychol Health Med
Publication Date: 
2008-10
Publication Year: 
2008
Pages: 
545-558
Volume: 
13
Issue: 
5
ISSN: 
1465-3966
DOI: 
10.1080/13548500701767346
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 18942008

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Ceri Phelps, Paul Bennett and Kate Brain. 2008-10. "Understanding emotional responses to breast/ovarian cancer genetic risk assessment: an applied test of a cognitive theory of emotion." Psychology, Health & Medicine 13: 5: 545-558. 10.1080/13548500701767346.

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