Life values before versus after a breast cancer diagnosis*
Version of Record online: 14 MAR 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 25, Issue 2, pages 89–98, April 2002
How to Cite
Lampic, C., Thurfjell, E., Bergh, J., Carlsson, M. and Sjödén, P.-O. (2002), Life values before versus after a breast cancer diagnosis. Res. Nurs. Health, 25: 89–98. doi: 10.1002/nur.10029
We thank all the women for their participation and the staff at the mammography unit at Uppsala University Hospital for their help with the present study.
- Issue online: 14 MAR 2002
- Version of Record online: 14 MAR 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 JAN 2002
- Manuscript Received: 4 MAY 1999
- Swedish Foundation for Health Care Sciences and Allergy Research
- Swedish Cancer Foundation
- breast neoplasms;
The main aim of this study was to investigate whether women's life values change with a breast cancer diagnosis. In addition, associations between life values and anxiety/depression ratings were investigated. Life value changes were prospectively studied in 517 women recalled for further examination after attending mammographic screening, 38 of whom were diagnosed with primary breast cancer. Life values were assessed by a study-specific version of a life value questionnaire, including ratings of the perceived attainment and importance of seven life value dimensions. Three months after being recalled, women diagnosed with primary breast cancer reported a reduction of the attainment and the importance of Health. In addition, these women reported changes in the perceived importance of Responsibility and Involvement. High levels of anxiety and depression in particular were associated with large discrepancies between attainment and importance for some life values. This suggests that changes in the perceived importance of some life values may constitute one part of women's psychological adaptation to a breast cancer diagnosis. © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 25:89–98, 2002