An earlier version of the paper was presented at the ESPO 9 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 9, 1996, and at a Womens Health Conference, APA, Washington, DC, USA, September 20, 1996. The efforts of Merrilee Morrow are gratefully acknowledged as well as the National Cancer Institute for their financial support.
Intrusiveness of illness and quality of life in young women with breast cancer†
Article first published online: 4 DEC 1998
Copyright © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 7, Issue 2, pages 89–100, March/April 1998
How to Cite
Bloom, J. R., Stewart, S. L., Johnston, M. and Banks, P. (1998), Intrusiveness of illness and quality of life in young women with breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 7: 89–100. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1611(199803/04)7:2<89::AID-PON293>3.0.CO;2-E
- Issue published online: 4 DEC 1998
- Article first published online: 4 DEC 1998
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 MAR 1997
- Manuscript Received: 25 OCT 1996
- National Cancer Institute, USA
Our objective was to test a theoretical model that explains quality of life as a function of the intrusiveness of illness encroaching on the different domains of one's life. The intrusiveness of illness is explained not only by disease and treatment related factors, but also by one's psychological and social resources (Devins, 1994). To investigate this issue, a sample of 336 women aged 50 and under, recently diagnosed with breast cancer were interviewed in their homes. Consistent with Devins' model, intrusiveness of illness mediated the effect of disease and treatment factors on quality of life. Contrary to his model, some treatment factors also had direct effects while social and psychological factors had only direct effects on quality of life. Neither time post-diagnosis nor type of treatment affected the psychological component of quality of life. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.