A structural equation model of posttraumatic growth after prostate cancer

Wilson, Bridget, Morris, Bronwyn A. and Chambers, Suzanne (2014) A structural equation model of posttraumatic growth after prostate cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 23 11: 1212-1219. doi:10.1002/pon.3546

Author Wilson, Bridget
Morris, Bronwyn A.
Chambers, Suzanne
Title A structural equation model of posttraumatic growth after prostate cancer
Journal name Psycho-Oncology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1057-9249
Publication date 2014-11
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/pon.3546
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 11
Start page 1212
End page 1219
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Posttraumatic growth (PTG) encompasses an individual's perception of positive personal changes as a consequence of a traumatic incident. The current study tested a theoretical model of PTG with the inclusion of resilience in the context of cancer survivors.

Methods: Members of a prostate cancer support network were invited to complete a cross-sectional mail survey (N=514, 52.8% response; mean age 70.17 years, and time since diagnosis 7.5 years).

Results: Challenge appraisal (β=0.361), examining core beliefs (β=0.474), intrusive rumination (β=0.130), and peer support factors (β=0.104) had significant direct effects on PTG. Resilience (β=0.164), challenge appraisal (β=0.215), distress (β=0.186), and examining core beliefs (β=0.105) had significant indirect effects on PTG.

Conclusions: Results support the notion that the appraisal of cancer, disruption of fundamental beliefs, and experience of intrusive cancer-related rumination are associated with PTG. Additionally, a sense of connection with peers and seeking an understanding of the cancer experience through peers is important for the perception of PTG. Possible indirect pathways were also proposed between resilience and PTG.
Keyword Posttraumatic growth
Prostate cancer
Core beliefs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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