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Title: Interpretation bias in breast cancer survivors experiencing fear of cancer recurrence.
Authors: Roberts, Kailey E.
Tuman, M. M.
Corner, G. W.
Beard, C.
Fadalla, C.
Coats, T.
Slivjak, E.
Schofield, E.
Lichtenthal, W.
Keywords: fear of cancer recurrence
interpretation bias
somatic symptoms
breast cancer survivors
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Citation: Tuman, M. M., Roberts, K., Corner, G. W., Beard, C., Fadalla, C., Coats, T., Slivjak, E., Schofield, E., & Lichtenthal, W. (2021). Interpretation Bias in Breast Cancer Survivors Experiencing Fear of Cancer Recurrence. Frontiers in Psychology, 5194.
Series/Report no.: Frontiers in Psychology;
Abstract: Introduction: Fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) is a prevalent and persistent challenge that many cancer survivors endure. While the role of interpretation bias, a tendency to perceive ambiguous situations as threatening, has been established in the onset and maintenance of FCR, few studies have examined cancer-related interpretation bias specifically. Grounded in the cognitive formulation of FCR, the current study aimed to fill this gap by investigating the relationship between cancer-related interpretation bias, FCR, and somatic symptoms, and examining whether bias mediates the relationship between somatic symptoms and FCR.Materials and Methods: This study used baseline data from a randomized controlled trial of a cognitive bias modification intervention. Breast cancer survivors (n = 110) provided demographic and medical background information as well as self-report measures of FCR and severity of somatic symptoms. A computer-based assessment of interpretation bias was used to measure cancer-related interpretation bias on several bias indices: percentage of cancer-related threat endorsement, and percentage of benign endorsement; mean reaction time (RT) for threat, and mean RT for benign endorsement.Results: Higher threat endorsement was linked to higher Overall Fear and emerged as a mediator of the relationship between overall somatic symptoms and Overall Fear. We also found that older age was related to longer benign endorsement RT.Conclusion: This study contributes understanding of factors related to cancer-related interpretation bias and provides evidence that bias may influence the relationship between somatic symptoms and FCR in cancer survivors.
Description: Scholarly article / Open access
ISSN: ISSN: 1664-1078
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