Waxler-Morrison (Stress)

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  • Waxler-Morrison
    • Aim:
      • To see how SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS influence response to BREAST CANCER and SURVIVAL.
    • Methodology:
      • QUASI-experiment due to nature of the study consisting of WOMEN with BREAST cancer. INDEPENDENT MEASURES design.
    • Participants:
      • 133 women under 55 years old.
    • Procedure:
      • Participants mailed a QUESTIONNAIRE to gather information on their existing SOCIAL NETWORKS, demography, their EDUCATIONAL LEVEL, contact with FRIENDS and FAMILY, PERCEPTION of support from others and who they were RESPONSIBLE for e.g. children.
    • Findings:
      • 6 aspects of social network were significantly LINKED with survival. These were:
        • MARITAL STATUS
        • SUPPORT from FRIENDS
        • CONTACT with FRIENDS
        • TOTAL SUPPORT
        • SOCIAL NETWORK
        • EMPLOYMENT
      • QUALITATIVE data from interviews showed practical HELP e.g. childcare, cooking and transport to hospital were concrete aspects of support.
      • Married women who survived tended to report SUPPORTIVE spouses.
      • JOBS were seen as important, even if not financially important as they were a source of support and information.
    • Conclusion:
      • The MORE social networks and support, the HIGHER the SURVIVAL RATE of women with breast cancer.
      • The TYPE of cancer was the main factor in survival.

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