Correlates of social support in young adults with advanced cancer. Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Depression
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Karnofsky Performance Status
  • Male
  • Regression Analysis
  • Sickness Impact Profile
  • Young Adult

MeSH Major

  • Grief
  • Neoplasms
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Support
  • Terminally Ill

abstract

  • This study examined the relationship between perceived social support, quality of life (QoL), and grief in young adults with advanced cancer. Seventy-one young adults (20-40 years) with advanced cancer were administered measures of social support, QoL, and grief. Regression analyses examined the relationship between social support and QoL and grief. Higher levels of total social support were associated with better psychological and existential QoL and less severe grief. Availability of someone to talk to about problems was also associated with better psychological and existential QoL and less severe grief. Tangible support was associated with better psychological and existential QoL. Availability of someone to engage in activities with was only associated with better existential QoL. These results suggest that enhancing social support may improve psychological well-being in this population. In addition, specific types of social support may be particularly relevant to the psychological well-being of young adults with advanced cancer.

publication date

  • February 2013

has subject area

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Depression
  • Female
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Karnofsky Performance Status
  • Male
  • Neoplasms
  • Quality of Life
  • Regression Analysis
  • Sickness Impact Profile
  • Social Support
  • Terminally Ill
  • Young Adult

Research

keywords

  • Journal Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC3613786

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00520-012-1536-2

PubMed ID

  • 22790223

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 421

end page

  • 429

volume

  • 21

number

  • 2