Category: Health Psychology / Behavioral Medicine - Adult

PS5- #B57 - Mexican Validation of the Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (CERQ) for Breast Cancer Patients

Friday, Nov 17
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: Indigo Ballroom CDGH, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Coping | Assessment | Emotion Regulation

Background: Breast cancer is a serious health problem in Mexico. Besides, it has been associated with several threats that patients must cope. Therefore, it is imperative that patients developing adaptive coping skills during this experience, to reduce the emotional impact. For instance, Cognitive Emotion Regulation (CER) has been proposed as a cognitive strategy of managing the intake of emotionally arousing information, it includes a broad range of cognitive, behavioral, emotional and physiological responses. Even though, CER strategies seem to play an important role in breast cancer patients’ psychological health. Particularly, CER Questionnaire (CERQ) is used to measure cognitive coping strategies, which are regulating by emotions; and it indicates how these strategies influence the course of emotional processing, after having experienced negative life events. As well, CERQ can be used as diagnostic implement, assessing the deviation of the patient from their norm group. However, there is not suitable version of CERQ in Mexican women with breast cancer. Objective: To examine the psychometric property of the CERQ in Mexican breast cancer women.
Method: As an initial phase, the forward and backward translation was used to develop the Mexican version of CERQ. After that a cross-sectional study was used, this phase included 384 women treated at the National Cancer Institute in Mexico City; all of them with breast cancer from I to III stage, aged ranged from 27 to 87 years at diagnosis.. Patients were invited to complete the CERQ.
Results: We obtained a 20-items solution accounting for 57% of score variance, comprising six independent factors (in contrast to the nine-factor structure identified in the original 36-items CERQ), five of them were similar from the original version: (1) positive refocusing, (2) acceptance, (3) rumination, (4) putting into perspective, (5) self-blame, and the different one was a mix between refocus on planning and positive reappraisal so was named positive planning. Cronbach alpha coefficients (for the total questionnaire and all subscales) ranged from 0.781 to 0.557.
Conclusions: Our results indicate that Mexican version of CERQ is a valid and reliable implement for assessing CER of breast cancer patients. Further studies require address the clinical application of CERQ for cancer patients, as well as, their norm group. 

C. LIZETTE.. Gálvez-Hernández

Research Fellow
CONACYT, National Cancer Institute in Mexico City; Joven y Fuerte: Programa para la Atención e Investigación de Mujeres Jóvenes con Cáncer de Mama, Mexico City
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Ángela Linares-Buitrón

Bachelor Student of Psychology
Psychology Faculty, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Sergio Zapata-Barrera

Bachelor Student of Psychology
Psychology FAculty, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Liliana MEY LEN.. Rivera-Fong

Ph D. Student
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México / Instituto Nacional de Cancerología
Mexico, City, Mexico

Alejandro Mohar

Research Department, National institute of Cancer in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Cynthia Villarreal-Garza

Research Departament, NAtional Institute of Cancer in Mexico City; Joven y Fuerte: Programa para la Atención e Investigación de Mujeres Jóvenes con Cáncer de Mama,; Centro de Cáncer de Mama del Hospital Zambrano Hellion, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Distrito Federal, Mexico