References and Resources

Module: Coping and body image/appearance

Vanessa L. Malcarne, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA with input from Mary Alore, MBA

Learning Activity: Coping with body and physical changes

An exercise to help you adjust to the changes your body may be experiencing.

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10 ways to find joy

Use this print out to identify new ways to find joy in your life.

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Helpful information on the internet

Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General

Download at:

National Institute of Mental Health

National Mental Health America

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance


Chang, E. C., D’Zurilla, R. J., & Sanna, L. J. (2004). Social problem solving: Theory, research,and training. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Gottesman, K. (2003). The first year: Scleroderma: An essential guide for the newly diagnosed.New York: Marlowe & Company.

Malcarne, V. L. (2003). Psychosocial adjustment in systemic sclerosis. In P. J. Clements & D.E. Furst (Eds.), Systemic sclerosis (pp. 331-350). New York: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Malcarne, V. L., Hansdottir, I., Greenbergs, H. L., Clements, P. J., & Weisman, M. H. (1999). Appearance self-esteem in systemic sclerosis. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 23,197-208.

McNamara, L, & Kemper, K. (20130. If you have to wear an ugly dress, learn to accessorize. Guidance, inspiration and hope for women with Lupus, Scleroderma and otherautoimmune illness. Tucson, AZ: Wheatmark.

Nezu, A. M., Nezu, C. M., Friedman, S. H., Faddis, S., & Houts, P. S. (1998). Helping cancer patients cope: A problem-solving approach. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Partridge, J. (1998). Changing faces: Taking up Macgregor’s challenge. Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation, 19, 174-180.

Sahler, O. J. Z., Fairclough, D. L., Phipps, S., Mulhern, R. K., Dolgin, M. J., Noll, R. B., . . . Butler, R. W. (2005). Using problem-solving skills training to reduce negative affectivity in mothers of children with newly diagnosed cancer: Report of a multi-site randomized trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73, 272-283.

Sahler, O. J. Z., Varni, J. W., Fairclough, D. L., Butler, R. W., Noll, R. B., Dolgin, M., . . .Mulhern, R.K. (2002). Problem-solving skills training for mothers of children with newly diagnosed cancer: A randomized trial. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 23, 77-86.


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