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J Korean Acad Nurs. 2014 Oct;44(5):515-524. Korean. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.4040/jkan.2014.44.5.515
Song S , Ryu E .
National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea.
Graduate School, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea. go2ryu@cau.ac.kr
Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify whether the couple perceived breast cancer as a traumatic event, to evaluate the association among posttraumatic growth, dyadic adjustment, and quality of life and to explore the predictors affecting quality of life of the couple. METHODS: A cross-sectional comparative survey design was utilized. Participants were 57 couples recruited from a national cancer center in Korea. Data were analyzed using paired t-test, McNemar test and independent t-test. On the basis of variables found to be significantly associated with quality of life, multiple regression was used to examine the simultaneous influence of multiple predictors. RESULTS: Breast cancers survivors and spouses perceived breast cancer as a traumatic event (43.9% and 24.6%, respectively). The global quality of life was explained by perception as trauma (beta= -19.79) and posttraumatic growth (beta=0.46) in survivors, and perception as trauma (beta= -18.81) and dyadic adjustment (beta=0.53) in spouses. CONCLUSION: Results suggest that future research should use qualitative methods to evaluate why contemplating reasons for cancer contributed to posttraumatic growth, examine other potential predictors of quality of life such as dyadic adjustment and intimacy, and identify links between posttraumatic growth and other psychological outcomes such as distress and well-being, using prospective analyses.

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