Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

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Organ Transplantation: Psychological and Behavioral Aspects

  • Mary Amanda DewEmail author
  • Kristen R. Fox
  • Andrea F. DiMartini
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_609-2



Organ transplantation involves the surgical implantation of an organ or section of an organ into a person whose own organ is failing. The donor organ may come from a deceased individual or, in some cases, from a living donor. Psychological and behavioral aspects of the organ transplantation process encompass transplant patients’ emotional responses and mental health, as well as their behavior in adhering to the medical regimen both before and after transplantation. The living donor’s psychological responses to donating an organ (most commonly a kidney or a liver segment) are also aspects to consider in the transplantation process.


Individuals with end-stage diseases of the kidney, pancreas, intestines, liver, heart, or lung may receive organ transplantation to extend their lives and/or to improve the quality of their lives. Organs typically are transplanted from deceased individuals or, in the case of kidney and liver...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Amanda Dew
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kristen R. Fox
    • 2
  • Andrea F. DiMartini
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Medicine and Medical CenterUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Nationwide Childrens HospitalColumbusUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Alan J. Christensen
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratories of PsychologyDepartment of Psychology, The University of Iowa SpenceIowa CityUSA