Expanding the Couple’s Coping Skills

  • Karen Kayser
  • Jennifer L. Scott


Breast Cancer Coping Strategy Coping Style Coping Skill Mindfulness Meditation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Kayser
    • 1
  • Jennifer L. Scott
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Social WorkBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  2. 2.School of PsychologyUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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