The Effects of Optimism, Sources of Support and Age on Quality of Life in Cancer Patients and Survivors.

Student, A. (2017) The Effects of Optimism, Sources of Support and Age on Quality of Life in Cancer Patients and Survivors. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

Objective: Optimism and sources of support have been constantly related to quality of life and psychological well-being. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of optimism, sources of support and age as predictors of quality of life in cancer patients and survivors. Method: Fifty-five participants (F= 44, M = 11) were inclusive of the study, with ages that ranged from 18-87 years, (M =39.1 SD = 18.97). Four questionnaires were used to measure each variable. Quality of Life was measured by McGill’s Quality of Life Questionnaire short form, optimism was measured using the Life Orientation Test Revised, sources of support was measured by Sarason’s Sources of Support Questionnaire and depression and anxiety was calculated by Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Results: The results were evaluated by a hierarchal regression. Optimism was a greater predictor of quality of life solitary from sources of support. Sources of support had a marginal significant implication in increasing cancer patient’s quality of life when introduced as a mediator into the model. Age had no significant increase in quality of life. Conclusion: Optimism was supported as an effective method of increasing psychological well-being and quality of life. Sources of support on the other hand had a marginal significance in the second model to the increase of quality of life in cancer patients when introduced with optimism. Age had no increase in quality of life when added to the model with sources of support and optimism.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BSc (Hons) Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Departments > Psychology and Counselling
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 12:30
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 12:30
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2899

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