Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 14–22

Long Term Posttraumatic Growth After Breast Cancer: Prevalence, Predictors and Relationships with Psychological Health


DOI: 10.1007/s10880-009-9183-6

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Lelorain, S., Bonnaud-Antignac, A. & Florin, A. J Clin Psychol Med Settings (2010) 17: 14. doi:10.1007/s10880-009-9183-6


This study evaluated the prevalence and predictors of long term posttraumatic growth (PTG) after breast cancer, and relationships of PTG with psychological health in a random sample of 307 currently disease-free women 5–15 years after diagnosis. This cross-sectional study reveals long term posttraumatic growth scores comparable to those found in shorter term studies. Prevalence of a better appreciation of life is especially noteworthy. With the exception of perceived current sequelae of disease associated in a somewhat curvilinear fashion with PTG, demographic and medical variables are poor predictors of the issue. On the contrary, dispositional positive affectivity and adaptative coping of positive, active, relational, religious and to some extent denial coping have a strong effect on growth. Finally, PTG is slightly associated with mental quality of life and happiness. Findings are discussed in the light of posttraumatic growth theory.


Breast cancerPosttraumatic growthQuality of lifeCopingPositive affectivity

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de psychologie ‘Education, cognition, développement’ (Labécd, EA3259)University of NantesNantesFrance
  2. 2.Equipe de Recherche en Sciences Humaines et Sociales appliquées à la Cancérologie, (ERSSCa), [Research Team in Human and Social Sciences Applied to Oncology], ERT A-0901University of NantesNantesFrance
  3. 3.Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Ange-GuépinNantes, Cedex 1France
  4. 4.Equipe de Recherche en Sciences Humaines et Sociales appliquées à la Cancérologie, (ERSSCa), ERT A-0901, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of NantesNantesFrance