Stage of disease progression moderates the association between social support and depression in prostate cancer survivors

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This study was designed to test the association between social support and depression at different stages of disease progression in men with prostate cancer.Seventy-one men with prostate cancer completed measures of social support and depression three times: T1 (at baseline), T2 (T1 + 2 months), and at T3 (T1 + 4 months). Stage of disease progression was significantly associated with increasing symptoms of depression. Stage of disease progression also moderated the association between social support and depression. Social support was associated with a subsequent worsening of depression for men with early-stage disease. For men with more advanced prostate cancer, social support was associated with improvements in subsequent depression. Social support has different prognostic value for psychological distress among men with prostate cancer depending upon the stage of their disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)552-560
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011



  • depression
  • disease stage
  • family
  • friends
  • prostate cancer
  • social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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