Dyadic interdependence on affect and quality-of-life trajectories among women with breast cancer and their partners

Chris Segrin, Terry A. Badger, Paula Meek, Ana Maria Lopez, Elizabeth Bonham, Amelia Sieger

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Abstract

This study explored interdependence on quality-of-life factors for women with breast cancer and their partners. Multiple theoretical perspectives predict that the emotional distress experienced by women with breast cancer would be shared by their partners. To test these predictions, 48 women with breast cancer and their partners (husbands, daughters, friends, or other relations) participated in a three-wave, 10-week, longitudinal study. Quality-of-life (QOL) indicators (depressive symptoms, positive and negative affect, and stress) were measured in both women and their partners. Baseline data revealed significant partner effects from stress and negative affect in women with breast cancer to their partners' depression. Analysis of QOL rates and directions of change over time revealed that the QOL was on a similar trajectory. As the emotional well-being of women with breast cancer improved or deteriorated, their partners' well-being changed also.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)673-689
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Couples
  • Depression
  • Quality-of-life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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