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.
- CBT group structure
- cognitive behavior therapy group
- group CBT
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health