Resilience and Psychosocial Adjustment in Digestive System Cancer

Julia Gouzman, Miri Cohen, Hasida Ben-Zur, Einat Shacham-Shmueli, Dan Aderka, Nava Siegelmann-Danieli, Alex Beny

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Abstract

The study aims to investigate the contributions of resilience, affective reactions and post traumatic growth (PTG) to psychosocial adjustment and behavioral changes among digestive system cancer patients in Israel. A sample of 200 participants, 57.5 % men (from the 46 to 70-year age range), 1–4 years following diagnosis, completed an inventory assessing demographic and medical information, resilience, current positive affect (PA) and negative affect (NA), PTG, psychosocial adjustment and retrospective report of behavioral changes following cancer treatment. Resilience, PA and NA, and PTG were related to adjustment and/or reported behavioral changes, and PA, NA and PTG mediated some of the effects of resilience on adjustment and/or reported behavioral changes. The data underline the importance of resilience, affect, and PTG in the adjustment of digestive system cancer patients. Future studies are needed to better understand the associations of resilience with psychosocial adjustment and behavioral changes. This knowledge may help improve cancer survivors’ adjustment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 21 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adjustment
  • Affective reactions
  • Behavioral changes
  • PTG
  • Resilience

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