A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group for Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients: A Review of a Pilot Program

Brittany C. Hall, Victoria M. Short, Scott Giberson, Laura Howe-Martin

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Abstract

Adolescent and young adult (AYA - between ages 15 and 39) cancer patients face unique psychosocial challenges due to their developmental stage and complex health problems. Research indicates psychotherapy and group support can be beneficial to AYAs. Group therapy offers an opportunity for connection among peers who are enduring similar struggles while also utilizing effective therapeutic intervention. The current project describes a model for an AYA cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) group. The model was informed by existing CBT literature and was successfully implemented. Future research may evaluate the efficacy of the proposed group structure and content for reducing distress in AYA cancer patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)422-425
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

Keywords

  • AYA
  • CBT group structure
  • cognitive behavior therapy group
  • group CBT
  • oncology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Oncology

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