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    The impact of COVID-19 outbreak on emotional and cognitive vulnerability in Iranian women With Breast Cancer

    Choobin, M.H. and Mirabolfathi, Vida and Chapman, Bethany and Moradi, A.R. and Grunfeld, Beth and Derakhshan, Nazanin (2021) The impact of COVID-19 outbreak on emotional and cognitive vulnerability in Iranian women With Breast Cancer. Frontiers in Psychology - Psycho-Oncology , ISSN 1664-1078.

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    The psychological cost on emotional well-being due to the collateral damage brought about by COVID-19 in accessing oncological services for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment has been documented by recent studies in the United Kingdom. The current study set out to examine the effect of delays to scheduled oncology services on emotional and cognitive vulnerability in women with a breast cancer diagnosis in Iran, one of the very first countries to be heavily impacted by COVID-19. One hundred thirty-nine women with a diagnosis of primary breast cancer answered a series of online questionnaires to assess the current state of rumination, worry, and cognitive vulnerability as well as the emotional impact of COVID-19 on their mental health. Results indicated that delays in accessing oncology services significantly increased COVID related emotional vulnerability. Regression analyses revealed that after controlling for the effects of sociodemographic and clinical variables, women’s COVID related emotional vulnerability explained higher levels of ruminative response and chronic worry as well as poorer cognitive function. This study is the first in Iran to demonstrate that the effects of COVID-19 on emotional health amongst women affected by breast cancer can exaggerate anxiety and depressive related symptoms increasing risks for clinical levels of these disorders. Our findings call for an urgent need to address these risks using targeted interventions exercising resilience.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): breast cancer, COVID-19, emotional vulnerability, cognitive function, psychological health
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Building Resilience in Breast Cancer
    Depositing User: Naz Derakhshan
    Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2021 10:53
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:10


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