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Exploration of the link between Breast Cancer and Body Image, Quality of Life and Body Appreciation

Lee, Charlotte (2017) Exploration of the link between Breast Cancer and Body Image, Quality of Life and Body Appreciation. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The present study aimed to explore the link between breast cancer and body appreciation, quality of life and body appreciation.

Women (N = 89) who received surgery were placed into five groups, single or double mastectomy, single or double mastectomy with breast reconstruction or breast conservation. Groups were compared with a control group (N = 89) for scores on three questionnaires, quality of life, body image after breast cancer, body appreciation scale.

Results revealed Lower psychological and physical wellbeing but higher body appreciation were experienced by the breast cancer group compared to the control group; Single/double mastectomy with breast reconstruction or breast conservation were associated with higher body satisfaction; time since diagnosis displayed lower body appearance concerns and higher body satisfaction; Treatment type demonstrated higher physical, psychological wellbeing, higher levels of social concern, lower levels of distress and fear; and age was the strongest predictor of quality of life for women after breast cancer.

This research provides useful information to the health sector to try to improve psychological/physical wellbeing and long term quality of life for women. More research needs to be carried out on the effects of age on quality of life after breast cancer.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Q Science > Life sciences > Medical sciences > Pathology > Tumors > Cancer
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2017 11:41
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 11:41

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