Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Other Degree Name/Area of Focus
Department or School/College
Department of Psychology
Stuart Hall, Ph.D.
Chris Comer, Ph.D., Allen Szalda-Petree, Ph.D., Craig McFarland, Ph.D.
chemotherapy, cognitive impairment, self-report, chemo-brain, CRCI
University of Montana
Clinical Psychology | Health Psychology | Other Psychology
This study investigated the effect of negative expectations on self-reports of cognitive functioning, treatment satisfaction, and endorsement of a common, negative chemotherapy-related stereotype in 56 adults who had completed systemic chemotherapy for cancer treatment. Participants were assigned to either a negative expectation group or a control group. The negative expectation group had the relationship between chemotherapy and cognitive deficits overtly brought to their attention, while the control group did not. Both groups completed self-report measures of cognitive functioning and treatment satisfaction, and then rated their degree of identification with a chemotherapy-related stereotype. It was hypothesized that the experimental group would report more negative cognitive symptoms, less treatment satisfaction, and greater endorsement of the stereotype than the control group. Results revealed no significant differences between the two groups on these measures. Mean scores for both groups indicated high ratings of cognitive functioning and treatment satisfaction, however on a different measure, participants from both groups endorsed a moderate level of cognitive difficulties. Potential explanations for this inconsistent finding will be discussed. Further investigation may add to existing knowledge about the influence of negative expectations on self-reported functioning and may help inform optimal methods of interacting with cancer patients and others with chronic disorders.
Clark, Brook Elizabeth, "Do Negative Expectations Affect Self-Reported Cognitive Functioning and Treatment Satisfaction after Chemotherapy Treatment for Cancer?" (2017). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 11009.
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