Psychological impact of benign breast biopsy: A longitudinal, comparative study

Michael A. Andrykowski, Janet Carpenter, Jamie L. Studts, Matthew J. Cordova, Lauren L.C. Cunningham, Abbie Beacham, David Sloan, Daniel Kenady, Patrick McGrath

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The impact of benign breast biopsy (BBB) on distress and perceptions of risk for breast cancer (BC) was examined. Interviews were conducted with 100 women shortly after notification of biopsy results and 4 and 8 months post-BBB. Compared with matched healthy comparison (HC) women without BBB, the BBB group evidenced greater BC-specific distress at baseline. BC-specific distress declined after BBB, remaining elevated relative to the HC group at the 8-month follow-up. Dispositional (optimism, informational coping style), demographic (education), clinical (family history of BC), and cognitive (BC risk perception) variables were associated with baseline levels of BC-specific distress or persistence of distress. Results support the monitoring process model (S. M. Miller, 1995) and the cognitive social health information processing model (S. M. Miller, Y. Shoda, & K. Hurley, 1996).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-494
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Behavioral
  • Biopsy
  • Breast cancer
  • Detection
  • Diagnosis
  • Psychosocial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Andrykowski, M. A., Carpenter, J., Studts, J. L., Cordova, M. J., Cunningham, L. L. C., Beacham, A., Sloan, D., Kenady, D., & McGrath, P. (2002). Psychological impact of benign breast biopsy: A longitudinal, comparative study. Health Psychology, 21(5), 485-494.