Interest in a support group among individuals tested for a BRCA1 gene mutation

Heidi A. Hamann, Robert T. Croyle, Ken R. Smith, Barbara N M Quan, Kathryn L. McCance, Jeffrey R. Botkin

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This article explores interest in a support group among 218 individuals tested for a mutation in BRCA1, a breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility gene. When queried 4 to 7 months after receiving the BRCA1 test results, approximately one-fourth of the participants expressed interest in a hypothetical support group. A mixed-carrier status and multiple family group was preferred over a carrier-only and single-family group. The information about interest in a support group among indiiduals tested for a BRCA1 mutation represents an important step in identifying those who are most receptive to psychosocial intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-37
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000


  • Cancer
  • Genetic testing
  • Support group

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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