Trait Mindfulness, Repression, Suppression, and Self-Reported Mood and Stress Symptoms Among Women With Breast Cancer
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2012
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Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 69, Issue 3, pages 264–277, March 2013
How to Cite
Tamagawa, R., Giese-Davis, J., Speca, M., Doll, R., Stephen, J. and Carlson, L. E. (2013), Trait Mindfulness, Repression, Suppression, and Self-Reported Mood and Stress Symptoms Among Women With Breast Cancer. J. Clin. Psychol., 69: 264–277. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21939
- Issue published online: 5 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2012
This study sought to identify relationships between trait mindfulness, repressive, and suppressive emotional styles, and the relative importance of these traits in their association with self-reported psychological health among women with breast cancer.
Of the 277 women with breast cancer accrued in the study, 227 (81.9%) completed a set of questionnaires assessing personality traits, stress symptoms, and mood.
High levels of mindfulness were associated with fewer stress-related symptoms and less mood disturbance, while high levels of suppression were associated with poorer self-reported health.
Individuals’ dispositional ways to manage negative emotions were associated with the experience of symptoms and aversive moods. Helping patients cultivate mindful insights and reduce deliberate emotional inhibition may be a useful focus for psycho-oncological interventions.