Breast reconstruction: A psychological survey
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A survey was conducted on 38 patients who chose to have breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Each patient was interviewed by means of a questionnaire to collect information about psychologic, psychosocial, and aesthetic results of breast reconstruction. Afterwards the patients were asked to draw a human figure. The Kareen Machower projective test was evaluated using the Witkin rating scale. Furthermore each patient received a personality test (MMPI). The personality tests were filled out also by a control group, consisting of 22 mastectomised patients. This study confirmed the positive action of this surgery on a great number of psychosocial variables. No statistical differences were found between the two groups, but a trend towards a significance was present on the Si scale (F=3.32, df=1,p=0.07), and on the Pa scale (F=2.96, df=1,p=0.09).
Key wordsBreast reconstruction Psychology
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