Open Access Dissertation
Date of Award
Ramona A. Benkert
EXPLORING CERVICAL CANCER TREATMENTS, COPING ADAPTATION AND WOMEN'S SEXUAL SELF-CONCEPT AFTER CERVICAL CANCER
BARBARA G. HOLLIE
Cervical cancer survivorship is increasing as a result of improved biomedical science and health care. Due to the nature of cervical cancer treatments most cures are not without consequences. Despite the progress in cancer treatments, associated side-effects persist and it is well established that sexual problems result from most of the available treatment options. Subsequently, cervical cancer treatment alters how women cope and experience their sexual self-concept after treatment. Poor coping and a non-adaptive sexual self-concept following cervical cancer treatment can result in low sexual satisfaction and low sexual esteem for women. This study, entitled "Exploring Cervical Cancer Treatments, Coping Adaptation, and Women's Sexual Self-Concept after Cervical Cancer" examined associations among cancer treatment, select demographic variables, coping and sexual self-concept; identified predictor variables for sexual self-concept and explored the mediating influence of coping. Participants included women, who completed an online survey, were at least 18 years old, understood, spoke and could read English and only had one US treatment occurrence. A descriptive correlation design was used with bivariate correlation, linear and exploratory multiple regression and mediation analysis. This study helped to predict women at risk for sexual self-concept problems prior to treatment and helped to understand the impact of coping and cervical cancer treatment(s) on sexual self-concept. Additionally, it added to the state of the science and practices related to cervical cancer care to prevent or diminish treatment morbidity and improve women's sexual health adaptation after cervical cancer treatment.
Hollie, Barbara, "Exploring Cervical Cancer Treatments, Coping And Sexual Self-Concept After Cervical Cancer" (2012). Wayne State University Dissertations. 599.