Counterfactuals, coping strategies and psychological distress among breast cancer patients

Ora Gilbar, Avi Hevroni

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The aim of this primary study was to predict the effect of counterfactuals, coping strategies, personal resources (age and education) and stage of the illness on psychological distress in a sample of 64 breast cancer patients. The main findings indicated that upward counterfactuals played an important role in the patients' psychological distress and coping process with the illness. Patients who used a high level of upward counterfactual thinking were found to have a high level of psychological distress. Downward counterfactual thinking, however, was not found to be related to less psychological distress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-392
Number of pages10
JournalAnxiety, Stress and Coping
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • Breast cancer
  • Coping strotegies
  • Counterfoctuals
  • Psychological distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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