Illness intrusiveness, self-concept restructuring, and psychosocial adjustment in men with prostate cancer

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Publication Type thesis
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Psychology
Author Shaevitz, Marejka
Title Illness intrusiveness, self-concept restructuring, and psychosocial adjustment in men with prostate cancer
Date 2010-03-01
Description I investigated the relationships among illness intrusiveness, self-concept restructuring, and psychological adjustment in men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Fifty-eight married men (40 to 84 years old) who had recently been diagnosed (within 1 year) with prostate cancer completed assessments of their hoped-for and feared possible selves, the extent to which prostate cancer made achieving/avoiding possible selves more difficult (i.e., intrusion by cancer on possible selves), and the extent to which prostate cancer increased or decreased the importance of possible selves (i.e., self-concept restructuring). These men also completed measures of psychological well-being, anxiety, and depression. More than half of the men reported that prostate cancer increased the difficulty of achieving at least one hope (60.3%) or avoiding at least one fear (56.1%). Illness intrusion on feared selves interacted with restructuring to predict adjustment. Specifically, men who reported intrusions on fears had lower well-being and higher depression only if they did not also report restructuring their feared selves. Intrusion on hopes did not interact with restructuring to predict adjustment. Results suggest that self-concept restructuring may buffer associations between illness intrusion and poor psychological adjustment among men with prostate cancer.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Prostate cancer
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name MS
Language eng
Relation is Version of Digital reproduction of "Illness intrusiveness, self-concept restructuring, and psychosocial adjustment in men with prostate cancer" J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections RC39.5 2010 .T56
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