Psychosocial and sociodemographic correlates of benefit-finding in men treated for localized prostate cancer

David P. Kinsinger, Frank J. Penedo*, Michael H. Antoni, Jason R. Dahn, Suzanne Lechner, Neil Schneiderman

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Abstract

Background: Prostate cancer (PCa) treatment involves decrements in quality of life such as decreased sexual functioning and urinary/bowel incontinence. Prior work in other cancers has identified positive consequences (e.g. personal growth) following diagnosis and treatment, a phenomenon that has been referred to as benefit-finding (BF) and positively related to quality of life. Method: The present study evaluated demographic and psychosocial correlates of BF in men treated for localized PCa. Participants were 250 men who were 6-18 months post treatment, who completed measures of coping strategies, perceived social support, and BF. Results: In regression models both coping and social support were positively related to BF scores, even after controlling for income, education and ethnic identification. Conclusion: Active coping strategies and greater perceived social support are important correlates of greater BF following localized PCa treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)954-961
Number of pages8
JournalPsycho-oncology
Volume15
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2006

Keywords

  • Benefit-finding
  • Cancer
  • Coping
  • Oncology
  • Prostate
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Kinsinger, D. P., Penedo, F. J., Antoni, M. H., Dahn, J. R., Lechner, S., & Schneiderman, N. (2006). Psychosocial and sociodemographic correlates of benefit-finding in men treated for localized prostate cancer. Psycho-oncology, 15(11), 954-961. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.1028