Socioemotional selectivity in cancer patients.

  title={Socioemotional selectivity in cancer patients.},
  author={Martin Pinquart and Rainer K. Silbereisen},
  journal={Psychology and aging},
  volume={21 2},
This study analyzed the contact preferences of newly diagnosed cancer patients and healthy control group participants. In line with the theory of socioemotional selectivity, patients were more likely than control participants to prefer contact with familiar social partners, but this difference was stronger in younger and middle-aged patients than in older patients. Across a 6-month interval, patients' contact preferences changed according to the perceived success of therapy. For example, if… CONTINUE READING