The Home Interaction Study was a mentored research study funded by the American Cancer Society. In this study, we were interested in how couples dealing with a cancer diagnosis interacted at home.
One major finding from this study was that couples varied a lot on how much they talked about cancer, but, on average, couples did not discuss cancer very much at home. While it is important to talk about cancer, this study tells us that for many couples, life goes on.
- Reblin, M., Sutton, S.K., Vadaparampil, S.T., Heyman, R.E. & Ellington, L. (2019). Behind closed doors: How advanced cancer couples communicate at home. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 37(2), 228-241. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2018.1508535. PubMed PMID: 30396616.
- Reblin, M., Heyman, R.E., Ellington, L., Baucom, B.R.W., Georgiou, P.G. & Vadaparampil, S.T. (2018). Everyday couples’ communication research: Overcoming methodological barriers with technology. Patient Education and Counseling, 101(3), 551-556. pii: S0738-3991(17)30598-0. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2017.10.019. PMID: 29111310