Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy for DSM-IV sexual dysfunctions in breast cancer survivors: Predictors of treatment response

Susanna B. Hummel, Jacques J.D.M. van Lankveld, Hester S. A. Oldenburg, Daniela E. E. Hahn, Eva Broomans, Neil K. Aaronson

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Abstract

Objectives: We evaluated factors predictive of the effect of internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in breast cancer survivors with a sexual dysfunction.
Methods: Fifty-five women completed questionnaires assessing sexual functioning and distress at baseline and post-CBT.
Results: Higher therapy compliance and better partner baseline sexual functioning predicted better post-CBT sexual functioning. Higher therapy compliance and higher partner relationship satisfaction predicted lower sexual distress. Therapy compliance, in turn, was predicted by active partner involvement in therapy and a stronger therapeutic relationship.
Conclusions: To increase the effect of internet-based CBT, we recommend partner involvement in therapy and establishing a strong therapeutic relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-294
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • DEPRESSION SCALE
  • DESIRE
  • DISTRESS SCALE FSDS
  • DSM-IV
  • EFFICACY
  • ERECTILE FUNCTION IIEF
  • HOSPITAL ANXIETY
  • INTERNATIONAL INDEX
  • PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES
  • VALIDATION
  • WOMEN
  • cognitive behavioral therapy
  • internet-based
  • sexual dysfunction

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