Posttraumatic Growth among Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors: The Role of Giving and Receiving Social Support
2014 symposium presentation by:
Jaclyn Mullins
RU sponsor:
 Dr. Sara Hastings
Abstract.  Past research exploring the factors that contribute to posttraumatic growth (PTG) among breast cancer survivors has yielded mixed results, particularly regarding the role of social support. Some studies have found a positive correlation between social support and PTG (e.g., Schroevers et al., 2010) whereas other studies have found no relationship at all (Cohen & Numa, 2011; Weiss, 2004). Furthermore, some research suggests that certain subtypes of social support (e.g., emotional vs. instrumental) may contribute to the development of PTG more so than others (Nenova et al., 2013). Additionally, little is known about the relationship between the provision of support to others and PTG. While research has found that providing social support to others is associated with less depression, greater self-efficacy, and higher scores on measures of overall well-being (Piferi & Lawler, 2006), there have been no quantitative studies to date that have specifically examined the relationship between providing social support to others and PTG. This presentation will provide an overview of the theoretical construct of posttraumatic growth and the existing literature related to PTG among breast cancer patients and survivors. The presentation will also discuss the relevance of this writer’s current research with regards to addressing the relationship between received emotional and instrumental support and PTG as well as the relationship between giving emotional and instrumental support and PTG in the breast cancer population.
Program-2014   Keynote Speaker   Center for Gender Studies   Psychology   Women's Studies
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