Social Support, Intrusive Thoughts, and Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors

Julie A. Lewis, Sharon L. Manne, Katherine N. DuHamel, Suzanne M.Johnson Vickburg, Dana H. Bovbjerg, Violante Currie, Gary Winkel, William H. Redd

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Abstract

This study explores the moderating effect of social support on the relationship between cancer-related intrusive thoughts and quality of life. Sixty-four breast cancer survivors completed self-report measures of appraisal social support (the disclosure of thoughts and feelings to significant others), cancer-related intrusive thoughts, and quality of life. Controlling for demographic and treatment variables, the negative impact of cancer-related intrusive thoughts on both physical and mental quality of life measures was moderated by appraisal social support. For women with high levels of appraisal support, cancer-related intrusive thoughts had no significant relationship with quality of life. However, for women with low levels of appraisal support, the relationship between cancer-related intrusive thoughts and quality of life was significant and negative. These results suggest that appraisal social support can mitigate the impact of traumatic life events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-245
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of behavioral medicine
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Quality of life
  • Social support

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