Benefit finding after cancer: the role of optimism, intrusive thinking and social environment

Dunn, Jeff and Occhipinti, Stefano and Campbell, Alistair and Ferguson, Megan and Chambers, Suzanne K. (2011) Benefit finding after cancer: the role of optimism, intrusive thinking and social environment. Journal of Health Psychology, 16 (1). pp. 169-177. ISSN 1359-1053


Purpose: Benefit finding after cancer is common. The mechanism for this may include cognitive processing of the cancer trauma within a supportive social context. Methods: Cross-sectional survey of 439 cancer patients assessing optimism, intrusion, avoidance, social support and constraints, anxiety, depression, QOL, benefit finding. Results: Benefit finding was predicted by female gender, greater optimism, high intrusive thinking, high social support and constraints. Conclusions: The role of social constraints in the generation of benefit finding is unclear. Future research should assess how the specific nature of intrusive thoughts may influence benefit finding over time and how social environment interacts with this.

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Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2017 00:01
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 00:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: benefit finding; cancer; intrusive thinking; optimism; social constraints;
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5299 Other psychology > 529999 Other psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
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