Social Support as a Mediator between Symptom Distress, Quality of Life, and Life Satisfaction in Women with Breast Cancer

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/161570
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Social Support as a Mediator between Symptom Distress, Quality of Life, and Life Satisfaction in Women with Breast Cancer
Abstract:
Social Support as a Mediator between Symptom Distress, Quality of Life, and Life Satisfaction in Women with Breast Cancer
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Manning, Juanita
P.I. Institution Name:Western Michigan University
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:Bronson School of Nursing, 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI, 49008-5345, USA
Contact Telephone:269.387.8192
When a woman is faced with a life threatening diagnosis such as breast cancer, the stress of the illness and subsequent treatment may exceed her ability to cope. Social support may mitigate some of the negative effects of the illness and treatment by enabling the woman to garner additional coping resources. The purpose of this cross-sectional descriptive correlational study, which was part of a larger study examining a model of stress and coping in women with breast cancer, was to examine the relationships between social support and Quality of Life (QOL) and life satisfaction. A convenience sample of 100 women was recruited from an Internet website. Data were collected using mailed questionnaires with an 87.3% response rate. The women were well educated, had a mean age of 45.98 years, most had household incomes greater than $50,000, were married or living with a partner, and were Caucasian. Mean time since diagnosis was 10.25 months and 89% had stage I or II breast cancer. There were significant direct relationships between social support from family and friends, several components of QOL, and life satisfaction. Additionally, social support partially mediated the effects of symptom distress on QOL and life satisfaction. There were only few similar significant relationships found when social support from fellow congregational members was examined. It is important for nurses to understand the role that social support plays in successful coping. The findings of this study add to the knowledge base about the beneficial effect of social support from various social networks on QOL and life satisfaction.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSocial Support as a Mediator between Symptom Distress, Quality of Life, and Life Satisfaction in Women with Breast Canceren_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/161570-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Social Support as a Mediator between Symptom Distress, Quality of Life, and Life Satisfaction in Women with Breast Cancer</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Manning, Juanita</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Western Michigan University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Bronson School of Nursing, 1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI, 49008-5345, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">269.387.8192</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">juanita.manning@wmich.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">When a woman is faced with a life threatening diagnosis such as breast cancer, the stress of the illness and subsequent treatment may exceed her ability to cope. Social support may mitigate some of the negative effects of the illness and treatment by enabling the woman to garner additional coping resources. The purpose of this cross-sectional descriptive correlational study, which was part of a larger study examining a model of stress and coping in women with breast cancer, was to examine the relationships between social support and Quality of Life (QOL) and life satisfaction. A convenience sample of 100 women was recruited from an Internet website. Data were collected using mailed questionnaires with an 87.3% response rate. The women were well educated, had a mean age of 45.98 years, most had household incomes greater than $50,000, were married or living with a partner, and were Caucasian. Mean time since diagnosis was 10.25 months and 89% had stage I or II breast cancer. There were significant direct relationships between social support from family and friends, several components of QOL, and life satisfaction. Additionally, social support partially mediated the effects of symptom distress on QOL and life satisfaction. There were only few similar significant relationships found when social support from fellow congregational members was examined. It is important for nurses to understand the role that social support plays in successful coping. The findings of this study add to the knowledge base about the beneficial effect of social support from various social networks on QOL and life satisfaction.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:23:33Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:23:33Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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