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Stress Responses and Worries of Women at Risk for Breast Cancer

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dc.contributor.advisor Compas, Bruce E.
dc.contributor.advisor Berlin, Kate L.
dc.contributor.author Sánchez, Czarina E.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-06-02T19:26:01Z
dc.date.available 2007-06-02T19:26:01Z
dc.date.issued 2007-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/231
dc.description Powerpoint poster: Stress responses and worries of women at risk for breast cancer by Czarina E. Sánchez, Kate Berlin & Bruce E. Compas accompanies thesis. en
dc.description.abstract The physiological impact of a breast cancer discussion between mothers and their daughters was analyzed in relation to other anxiety and concern measures. Fifty-eight mothers with varied breast cancer histories participated. Measures of general anxiety (BAI), concern about breast cancer (IES), perceived risk, and observational data were correlated to salivary cortisol and norepinephrine measured by alpha-amylase. Analysis revealed that cancer specific worries but not general anxiety were positively correlated to cortisol levels, specifically IES-intrusion subscale scores, but not IES-avoidance. Observed behavioral anxiety and avoidance during the interaction did not show significant correlations. However, exploratory analyses revealed whine/complain behavior to be positively correlated with cortisol levels. en
dc.description.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences en
dc.format.extent 374272 bytes
dc.format.extent 173056 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/vnd.ms-powerpoint
dc.format.mimetype application/msword
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University
dc.subject Stress biology en
dc.subject.lcsh Breast -- Cancer -- Psychological aspects en
dc.subject.lcsh Mothers and daughters en
dc.subject.lcsh Stress (Psychology) en
dc.subject.lcsh Hydrocortisone en
dc.title Stress Responses and Worries of Women at Risk for Breast Cancer en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.college College of Arts & Science
dc.description.department Psychological Sciences


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