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The relationship between genetic testing, psychological well-being and surveillance behavior: a questionnaire study in presymptomatic female and male BRCA carriers and non-carriers

Katrien Verhoeven UGent, Philippe De Wilde UGent, Bruce Poppe UGent, Anne De Paepe UGent and Geert Crombez UGent (2011) PSYCHOLOGIE & GEZONDHEID. 39(1). p.12-22
abstract
Many researchers have investigated the impact of BRCA gene testing on psychological well-being, but results are equivocal. Heterogeneous findings may point to the role of influencing factors. The current questionnaire study investigates the relationship between genetic testing, psychological well-being, and surveillance behavior. The role of sex, age, SES, carrier status, time since testing, number of children, and coping is examined. The research sample consists of 119 presymptomatic BRCA gene mutation carriers and non-carriers (M-age=41.71, SD=11.05). Results indicated that genetic testing is related to psychological well-being over time. Women report more distress than men, carriers more than non-carriers. Coping at the moment of the genetic testing also influences psychological well-being over time. The more people used an emotion-oriented and problem-oriented coping style at the moment of testing, the lower their psychological well-being over time. Results furthermore indicated that surveillance behavior is predicted by sex, carrier status, number of children and problem-oriented coping. Carrier status is the only predictor of prophylactic surgery. Results of this study may contribute to the identification of persons at-risk for lower levels of psychological well-being and surveillance behavior.
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PROPHYLACTIC SURGERY, OVARIAN-CANCER, MUTATION CARRIERS, EVENT SCALE, IMPACT, WOMEN, DISTRESS, FAMILIES, HEREDITARY BREAST/OVARIAN CANCER, HIGH-RISK BREAST
journal title
PSYCHOLOGIE & GEZONDHEID
Psychol. Gezondh.
volume
39
issue
1
pages
12 - 22
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000289181600003
JCR category
PSYCHOLOGY
JCR impact factor
0.167 (2011)
JCR rank
72/75 (2011)
JCR quartile
4 (2011)
ISSN
1873-1791
language
Dutch
UGent publication?
yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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1226703
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1226703
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2011-05-18 17:07:50
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2011-05-19 09:15:37
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  author       = {Verhoeven, Katrien and De Wilde, Philippe and Poppe, Bruce and De Paepe, Anne and Crombez, Geert},
  issn         = {1873-1791},
  journal      = {PSYCHOLOGIE \& GEZONDHEID},
  keyword      = {PROPHYLACTIC SURGERY,OVARIAN-CANCER,MUTATION CARRIERS,EVENT SCALE,IMPACT,WOMEN,DISTRESS,FAMILIES,HEREDITARY BREAST/OVARIAN CANCER,HIGH-RISK BREAST},
  language     = {dut},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {12--22},
  title        = {The relationship between genetic testing, psychological well-being and surveillance behavior: a questionnaire study in presymptomatic female and male BRCA carriers and non-carriers},
  volume       = {39},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Verhoeven, Katrien, Philippe De Wilde, Bruce Poppe, Anne De Paepe, and Geert Crombez. 2011. “The Relationship Between Genetic Testing, Psychological Well-being and Surveillance Behavior: a Questionnaire Study in Presymptomatic Female and Male BRCA Carriers and Non-carriers.” Psychologie & Gezondheid 39 (1): 12–22.
APA
Verhoeven, Katrien, De Wilde, P., Poppe, B., De Paepe, A., & Crombez, G. (2011). The relationship between genetic testing, psychological well-being and surveillance behavior: a questionnaire study in presymptomatic female and male BRCA carriers and non-carriers. PSYCHOLOGIE & GEZONDHEID, 39(1), 12–22.
Vancouver
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Verhoeven K, De Wilde P, Poppe B, De Paepe A, Crombez G. The relationship between genetic testing, psychological well-being and surveillance behavior: a questionnaire study in presymptomatic female and male BRCA carriers and non-carriers. PSYCHOLOGIE & GEZONDHEID. 2011;39(1):12–22.
MLA
Verhoeven, Katrien, Philippe De Wilde, Bruce Poppe, et al. “The Relationship Between Genetic Testing, Psychological Well-being and Surveillance Behavior: a Questionnaire Study in Presymptomatic Female and Male BRCA Carriers and Non-carriers.” PSYCHOLOGIE & GEZONDHEID 39.1 (2011): 12–22. Print.