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A pilot study of a body image intervention for breast cancer survivors

Lewis-Smith, Helena; Diedrichs, Phillippa Claire; Harcourt, Diana



© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Body image interventions for breast cancer survivors are lacking in empirical support. Examining existing research on effective body image interventions for women in midlife more broadly may provide useful insights. This pilot study assessed the acceptability, feasibility, and preliminary effects of a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy-based intervention adapted from women in midlife to promote positive body image among breast cancer survivors. Twenty-two breast cancer survivors received the 7-week group intervention, co-facilitated by a clinical psychologist and peer. Participant evaluations suggested the intervention was both acceptable (e.g., 94% would recommend it) and feasible (e.g., 91% completed the intervention). Improvements were identified at either post-test or 1-month follow-up in nearly all body image measures. Maintained improvements were found in body appreciation, weight and shape concern, acceptance of aging-related appearance changes, and self-esteem. This study suggests that the adapted intervention is acceptable, feasible, and demonstrates preliminary efficacy in improving body image and secondary outcomes among breast cancer survivors.


Lewis-Smith, H., Diedrichs, P. C., & Harcourt, D. (2018). A pilot study of a body image intervention for breast cancer survivors. Body Image, 27, 21-31.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 9, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 16, 2018
Publication Date Dec 1, 2018
Deposit Date Aug 13, 2018
Journal Body Image
Print ISSN 1740-1445
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Pages 21-31
Keywords breast cancer, appearance, body image, visible difference
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published version is available here:


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