Anger, coping, and quality of life in female cancer patients

Karolina Barinková1, Margita Mesarosova1
1Department of Psychology, University of Pavol Jozef Safarik, Slovakia
Cite this article:  Barinková, K., & Mesarosova, M. (2013). Anger, coping, and quality of life in female cancer patients. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 41(1), 135-142.

Volume 41 Issue 1 | e2630 | Published: February 2013 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2013.41.1.135

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The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among anger, coping, and quality of life (QoL) in female cancer patients. We asked 144 female cancer patients with either a malignant or a benign diagnosis to complete the Profile of Mood States (POMS; McNair, Lorr, & Droppleman, 1971), the Brief COPE questionnaire (Carver, 1997), and the Quality of Life in Adult Cancer Survivors (QLACS; Avis et al., 2005) questionnaire. The total score indicating a low level of anger was significantly negatively associated with adaptive cognitive strategies and significantly positively associated with maladaptive coping strategies. Correlation analysis showed that there was a relationship between QoL factors and low anger scores. This knowledge may be incorporated in psychological intervention in the form of recognition and understanding of anger in cancer patients.

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