Coping in men with prostate cancer and their partners: a quantitative and qualitative study

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Title Coping in men with prostate cancer and their partners: a quantitative and qualitative study
Author Green, Heather J; Wells, David; Laakso, Liisa
Journal Name European Journal of Cancer Care
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Abstract This study investigated coping and quality of life in men with prostate cancer (n= 105, 48–86 years of age) and their partners (n= 85, 48–84 years). Participants completed the Abbreviated Dyadic Adjustment Scale, Brief COPE, European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Core Quality of Life Questionnaire (QLQ-C30) and open-ended questions on appraisal and coping. Multivariate analyses showed that better quality of life was associated with higher education levels (role functioning and fatigue), lower avoidant coping (emotional, social, and physical functioning and fatigue), and higher relationship satisfaction (emotional functioning). Use of medication or combined treatments was associated with worse physical and role functioning. Partners reported similar quality of life for patients as the patient ratings, except that partners reported patients' emotional functioning as significantly worse and social functioning as significantly better than the patients' own ratings. Patients and partners reported both positive and negative aspects to prostate cancer, and mentioned a range of coping strategies. Similarities between patients and partners in their responses to prostate cancer were identified using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Some differences within dyads were also noted and previous suggestions to incorporate partners and significant others in education and treatment were supported.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.The definitive version is available at
Volume 20
Issue Number 2
Page from 237
Page to 247
ISSN 0961-5423
Date Accessioned 2011-06-21
Language en_US
Research Centre Behavioural Basis of Health; Menzies Health Institute Qld; Centre for Musculoskeletal Research
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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