Social support as a mediator of optimism and distress in breast cancer survivors.

@article{Trunzo2003SocialSA,
  title={Social support as a mediator of optimism and distress in breast cancer survivors.},
  author={Joseph J. Trunzo and Bernardine M. Pinto},
  journal={Journal of consulting and clinical psychology},
  year={2003},
  volume={71 4},
  pages={805-11}
}
Breast cancer patients can experience emotional distress as a result of diagnosis and treatment. Higher levels of optimism and social support are associated with less emotional distress in cancer patients. This 12-month prospective study followed 69 women who had completed treatment for Stages 0-II breast cancer. At 3-month intervals, participants completed measures of mood disturbance, optimism, and social support. As hypothesized, affective social support mediated the relationship between… CONTINUE READING