Social Support in Patients?? and Husbands?? Adjustment to Breast Cancer

Department of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202.
Nursing Research (Impact Factor: 1.5). 01/1988; 37(2):91-5. DOI: 10.1097/00006199-198803000-00008
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ABSTRACT Data were obtained from 50 mastectomy patients and their husbands at 3 days and 30 days postsurgery to determine the nature of the relationship between social support and the adjustment of mastectomy patients and their husbands over time. Psychosocial adjustment was related to both patients' and husbands' levels of social support. Patients and husbands who reported higher levels of social support reported fewer adjustment difficulties at both 3 days and 30 days postsurgery. Patients and husbands differed significantly in the levels of support they perceived over time; husbands perceived less support from friends, nurses, and physicians. This study underscores the importance of assessing the support resources of both patients and husbands over time.

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