Donald H. Baucom, PhD, Jennifer S. Kirby, PhD, and Nicole D. Pukay-Martin, MA, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill; Laura S. Porter, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center; Steffany J. Fredman, PhD, and Tina M. Gremore, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill; Francis J. Keefe, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center; David Atkins, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of Washington.
Men’s Psychological Functioning in the Context of Women’s Breast Cancer
Article first published online: 17 JUL 2009
© 2010 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 38, Issue 2, pages 317–329, April 2012
How to Cite
Baucom, D. H., Kirby, J. S., Pukay-Martin, N. D., Porter, L. S., Fredman, S. J., Gremore, T. M., Keefe, F. J. and Atkins, D. (2012), Men’s Psychological Functioning in the Context of Women’s Breast Cancer. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38: 317–329. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2009.00133.x
- Issue published online: 17 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 17 JUL 2009
Previous research indicates that men are affected when their female partners have breast cancer. However, little is known about what predicts men’s psychological well-being in this context. The current investigation involved couples in which the woman had early stage breast cancer and explored the degree to which men’s positive and negative well-being was related to women’s well-being, women’s physical symptoms, relationship functioning, and relationship duration. The findings indicate that all of these factors play a role and interact in predicting men’s well-being. In particular, when women have a high level of physical symptoms, the typical associations between men’s well-being with women’s well-being and relationship adjustment no longer persist. Implications for working with couples addressing health problems are provided.