Couple distress after localised prostate cancer

Chambers, Suzanne K. and Schover, Leslie and Nielsen, Lisa and Halford, Kim and Clutton, Samantha and Gardiner, Robert A. and Dunn, Jeff ORCID: and Occhipinti, Stefano (2013) Couple distress after localised prostate cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 21 (11). pp. 2967-2976. ISSN 0941-4355


Background: The experience of the diagnosis of prostate cancer is distressing for both men and their partners. The present study describes the prevalence of psychological distress in men with prostate cancer and their partners, and the predictors of adjustment outcomes. Methods/design: A cross-sectional survey of 189 prostate cancer patients who were scheduled for or had undergone surgery for localised prostate cancer and their partners assessed socio-demographic variables, masculine self-esteem and social intimacy, psychological adjustment and quality of life. Results: Overall, patients and partners reported low distress; however, female partners were more anxious with 36 % reporting mild to severe anxiety. For men, masculine self-esteem and time since diagnosis were most strongly related to mental health status; urinary bother most influenced physical quality of life. For female partners, the man's psychological distress and his sexual bother were most strongly related to her mental health status; higher social intimacy was most strongly associated with physical quality of life. Conclusion: The correlates of distress after the diagnosis of prostate cancer differ between patients and female partners. For men, masculine self-esteem may be most crucial, whereas for women, her partner's level of distress may matter most. Research to better understand these interactions is needed.

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Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2017 23:39
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2019 00:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: Couples; Partners; Prostate cancer; Psychosocial adjustment; Cancer; Public Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology; Urology and Nephrology; Psychiatry;
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis > 111299 Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3211 Oncology and carcinogenesis > 321199 Oncology and carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
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