The Benefit Finding Scale for breast cancer￼
Author of Tool:
Carver, C. S.
Tomich, P. L., & Helgeson, V. S. (2004). Is finding something good in the bad always good? Benefit finding among women with breast cancer. Health Psychology, 23, 16-23.
Antoni, M. H., Lehman, J. M., Kilbourn, K. M., Boyers, A. E., Culver, J. L., Alferi, S. M., Yount, S. E., McGregor, B. A., Arena, P. L., Harris, S. D., Price, A. A., & Carver, C. S. (2001). Cognitive-behavioral stress management intervention decreases the prevalence of depression and enhances benefit finding among women under treatment for early-stage breast cancer. Health Psychology, 20, 20-32.
Carver, C. S., & Antoni, M. H. (2004). Finding benefit in breast cancer during the year after diagnosis predicts better adjustment 5 to 8 years after diagnosis. Health Psychology, 26, 595-598.
Primary use / Purpose:
Measures positive consequences of diagnosis of breast cancer.
Cancer patients experience positive as well as adverse consequences from diagnosis and treatment . The Benefit Finding scale for breast cancer assesses the perception that positive contributions were made to one’s life by the experience of being diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer. The original scale was developed by Vicki Helgeson at Carnegie Mellon University. The authors of the updated scale wrote a few additional items and distilled the set down a little by removing difficult and redundant items. In an intervention study, the items tended to form a single factor. In a later study, it was found that benefit finding early in the cancer experience predicted better psychosocial adjustment years later.
Scale psychometric information is available in: Tomich, P. L., & Helgeson, V. S. (2004). Is finding something good in the bad always good? Benefit finding among women with breast cancer. Health Psychology, 23, 16-23.
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