The aim of the present study is to compare the effectiveness of experiential-existential group psychotherapy with a social support group for women with a primary breast cancer on psychosocial adjustment. A total of 67 well-adjusted women, who had been operated not earlier than 4 months before start of the study, were randomized into one of the two conditions: participating in the group psychotherapy or in the support group. They were questioned at the start of the study, at the end of the intervention, and 1 year after completion of the intervention. Results at follow-up were mixed: Positive changes were reported for Body Image and Recreation, regardless of type of intervention. Other psychosocial adjustment indicators did not change. In general, we may conclude that well-adjusted women diagnosed with breast cancer do not specifically benefit from these types of interventions. Copyright

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Vos, P., Visser, A., Garssen, B., Duivenvoorden, H., & de Haes, H. (2007). Effectiveness of group psychotherapy compared to social support groups in patients with primary, non-metastatic breast cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 25(4), 37–60. doi:10.1300/J077v25n04_03