Benefit finding after cancer: the role of optimism, intrusive thinking and social environment

Dunn, Jeff, Occhipinti, Stefano, Campbell, Alistair, Ferguson, Megan, and Chambers, Suzanne K. (2011) Benefit finding after cancer: the role of optimism, intrusive thinking and social environment. Journal of Health Psychology, 16 (1). pp. 169-177.

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Purpose: Benefit finding after cancer is common. The mechanism for this may include cognitive processing of the cancer trauma within a supportive social context.

Methods: Cross-sectional survey of 439 cancer patients assessing optimism, intrusion, avoidance, social support and constraints, anxiety, depression, QOL, benefit finding.

Results: Benefit finding was predicted by female gender, greater optimism, high intrusive thinking, high social support and constraints.

Conclusions: The role of social constraints in the generation of benefit finding is unclear. Future research should assess how the specific nature of intrusive thoughts may influence benefit finding over time and how social environment interacts with this.

Item ID: 17487
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1461-7277
Keywords: benefit finding; cancer; intrusive thinking; optimism; social constraints
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2011 04:19
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis > 111299 Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified @ 35%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 65%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920413 Social Structure and Health @ 50%
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