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Title: HPV-related shame, stigma, depression and anxiety in women with cervical cancer
Author: Caswell, Amy
Awarding Body: University of Bath
Current Institution: University of Bath
Date of Award: 2018
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Cervical cancer patients are at particular risk of experiencing psychological distress and mental health difficulties. The current study investigated whether this is associated with knowledge of the sexually-transmitted nature of HPV, exploring HPV-related shame, anxiety and low mood in women with cervical cancer. 110 women with cervical cancer completed a repeated measures study, during which they read information that HPV is (1) considered to be a sexually-transmitted virus and (2) very common. Participants completed measures of shame, mood and anxiety after each level of information. The results indicated that information that HPV is sexually-transmitted is associated with experiences of shame. Increased shame was associated with depression, low mood, anxiety and poor wellbeing. Women with a history of depression and anxiety were at particular risk for experiencing high levels of shame. The results indicate that women with cervical cancer experience high levels of shame related to HPV information. This has implications for how to support patients who are at risk of experiencing high levels of shame, particularly around HPV-information provision, identifying at-risk patients, and the psychological support of patients.
Supervisor: Daniels, Jolene ; Davis, Cara ; Griffith, Emma Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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