The purpose of this project is to compare the effects of a group mindfulness treatment versus a group sex education on sexual desire, sexual distress, and sexual pain in breast cancer survivors. Participants will be randomly assigned to either eight weekly sessions of a group mindfulness-based treatment or eight weekly sessions of a sex education group. Groups will consist of approximately eight breast cancer survivors and will be led by two trained therapists. Participants will complete four assessments (involving a clinician administered interview and standardized questions): pre-treatment, post-treatment, and six-month follow up.
Participation will be open to women over the age of majority, with a history of breast cancer and who are at least three months following the end of their treatment, who are fluent in English, and who exceed the clinical cut-off for sexual distress (Female Sexual Distress Scale). Women who are, and who are not, in a relationship will be eligible as long as they have engaged in sexual activity either alone or with a sexual partner in the past six months, or as long as they indicate a willingness to engage in sexual activity (alone or with a sexual partner) during the time period of the study.
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