Correlates of social support in young adults with advanced cancer.
Interviews as Topic
Karnofsky Performance Status
Sickness Impact Profile
Quality of Life
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.