Information and resilience: Investigating factors that contribute to cancer patients’ psychological wellbeing

Hsieh, Bo-Han (2014). Information and resilience: Investigating factors that contribute to cancer patients’ psychological wellbeing Master's Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Hsieh, Bo-Han
Thesis Title Information and resilience: Investigating factors that contribute to cancer patients’ psychological wellbeing
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2014-10-22
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Supervisor Judith Murray
Total pages 76
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Anxiety and depression in cancer patients are common psychological disorders in cancer patients. Research showed that higher psychological resilience contributes to lower anxiety and depression in cancer patients. Discussions with doctors about emotional support was also found to reduce symptom severity of anxiety and depression in cancer patients, however, the mechanisms of how such provision helped cancer patients were unclear. The current study aimed to replicate the findings that psychological resilience and information about emotional support would lessen anxiety and depression severity. This study also investigated how psychological resilience and information about emotional support may interact to predict anxiety and depression in cancer patients. Qualitative interviews were carried out to investigate important aspects of discussions with doctors about emotional support. Higher psychological resilience was found to predict lower anxiety and depression in cancer patients. No effects of information about emotional support and interaction between emotional support information and psychological resilience were found in predicting anxiety and depression in cancer patients. Qualitative interviews revealed that emotional support information provision served as emotional support, such information could provide patients with sources for support, the information should be in written and verbal forms and provided immediately after cancer diagnoses, and that individual differences should be considered in emotional support information provision. Explanations and implications of the findings, strengths, limitations and future directions are discussed.
Keyword Resilience
Cancer patients
Wellbeing

 
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