Carver, C. S., & Antoni, M. H. (2004). Finding benefit in breast cancer during the year after diagnosis predicts better adjustment 5 to 8 years after diagnosis. Health Psychology, 26, 595-598.

Cancer patients experience positive as well as adverse consequences from diagnosis and treatment. The study reported here examined longer-term reverberations of such experiences. A set of benefit finding items was completed by 230 early-stage breast cancer patients in the year post-surgery, along with measures of well-being. Four to 7 years later, 96 of them again completed measures of well-being. Controlling for initial distress and depression, initial benefit finding in this sample predicted lower distress and depression at follow-up.

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