Hope and ways of coping after breast cancer

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. A. Burke en
dc.contributor.author Rubin, Hayley Harriet
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-12T08:47:53Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-12T08:47:53Z
dc.date.issued 2008-11-12T08:47:53Z
dc.date.submitted 2001
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/1638
dc.description M.A. en
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to ascertain the coping methods of women in long term follow-up of breast cancer treatment. Furthermore, personality traits that deal with the spectrum of positive affectivity were introduced to determine whether these impact on women's appraisal of their situation and their subsequent choice of coping mechanism. Thus, a process approach to exploring coping strategies and a goal-attainment conceptualization of hope were used to determine whether hope is associated with coping appraisal in the long term follow-up of breast cancer treatment. Furthermore, high hope women were expected to use more problem focused coping methods and low hope women were expected to use more emotion focused coping skills. Women in cancer remission who attend yearly or six-monthly check-ups at the Johannesburg hospital were approached to complete the questionnaire and brief interview. Although the study did not confirm that low hope and high hope women use different kinds of coping strategies, the predicted relationship between hope and challenge appraisals was supported by significant correlations. However, it was found that hope may be analogous to positive affect, thus indicating the need for further validation of the Hope Scale. Finally, it was concluded that breast cancer need not be seen as a devitalising disease and that there are a variety of coping strategies which can be utilized to enhance patient's positive emotional state. The women in this study use the emotion focused coping skill of positive reappraisal which concentrates on the possibilities for mastery and growth that inhere in their long term follow-up treatment. Moreover, women are extremely positive and hopeful in their daily outlook and while this personality trait seems to suggest that denial is at play, it is more likely that women in long term remission have a strong belief in their own personal qualities and future. Women in this study choose to distance themselves from the implicit trauma of the threat of recurrence in favour of an active belief in their personal resilience to overcome any stressful event or outcome. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Breast cancer en
dc.subject Breast cancer treatment en
dc.subject Adjustment (Psychology) en
dc.subject Hope en
dc.title Hope and ways of coping after breast cancer en
dc.type Thesis en

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