Cancer patients' experience of positive and negative changes due to the illness: Relationships with psychological well-being, coping, and goal reengagement

  • Schroevers M
  • Kraaij V
  • Garnefski N
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Abstract

Most studies in cancer patients on psychological changes focused on positive changes (so-called 'posttraumatic growth'), with surprisingly little attention on the possibility that patients may experience both positive and negative changes. This study investigated the relationship between positive and negative changes, and their association with positive and negative affect. We also examined the correlates of positive and negative changes, specifically the role of coping and goal reengagement.

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  • cancer
  • coping
  • oncology
  • posttraumatic growth
  • psychological adaptation

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Authors

  • Maya J. Schroevers

  • Vivian Kraaij

  • Nadia Garnefski

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