Author(s): HamdanMansour AM, Al Abeiat DD, Alzoghaibi IN, Ghannam BM, Hanouneh SI
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Abstract Cancer is a worldwide disease, and the psychosocial concerns are nearly universal among patients with cancer. The purpose of this study is to investigate the psychosocial correlates of life satisfaction among patients diagnosed with cancer in Jordan. A cross-sectional survey using 92 patients diagnosed with cancer used to collect data in regard to life satisfaction, depressive symptoms, psychological distress, coping, and perceived social support. In general, about 50\% of patients reported high level of life satisfaction and 50\% of the patients reported moderate levels of ability to effectively cope with life situations. Moreover, 78\% of patients reported that they had depressive symptoms and 45.3\% of them reported that they had moderate to severe depressive symptoms. Depressive symptoms had significant and negative correlation with life satisfaction (r = -0.50, p < 0.001), and stress had weak nonsignificant correlation with life satisfaction (r = 0.05, p > 0.05). On the other hand, social support from others has positive and significant correlation with life satisfaction (r = 0.32, p < 0.01). Marital status, times of admission, perceived social support from others, and depressive symptoms were significant predictors of life satisfaction. Health professionals need to integrate their medical care with psychosocial intervention early at admission and during follow-up care, so early detection of psychological disturbances will help to implement effective treatment plans.
This article was published in J Cancer Educ
and referenced in International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology