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December 1965

Psychosexual Factors and Cervical Cancer

Author Affiliations

OAKLAND, CALIF
From the Cancer Research Project, Kaiser Foundation Research Institute, Kaiser Foundation Hospital (Dr. Rotkin and M. Couchman) and Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, Calif, and Cancer Research Project, Kaiser Foundation Research Institute, Kaiser Foundation Hospital (N. Quenk).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(6):532-536. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730060050007
Abstract

RECENT literature has stimulated an increased interest in possible relationships between emotional and sexual factors, and onset of the neoplastic process. The range of hypotheses includes positive effects from relative severity of negative family influence,4,5 general affective disorders,4,7 sexual maladjustments,2,3,8,9 personality differences,3,8,9 traumatic marital events,4,9 and other precipitating stresses.8

This article reports selected early data from comparatively large samples of patients with a single type of prevalent human carcinoma, cancer of the uterine cervix. In general, patients with cervical cancer are shown to be less emotionally responsive, less aggregate—tending (less social), and less frequently diagnosed with clinically demonstrated neuroses than is the studied control group. In addition, although little difference is observed in general affect toward sexual behavior between patients and controls, interesting positive relationships between scored sexual affect and particular sexual variables differ in strength for

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