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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 135--140

A comparative study on resilience, perceived social support and hopelessness among cancer patients treated with curative and palliative care


1 Department of Psychiatry, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Clinical Psychology, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Ravindran Ottilingam Somasundaram
Department of Psychiatry, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.179606

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Aim: Psychological distress is common among patients affected by cancer. In this study, we examined the relationship between resilience, social support, and hopelessness among cancer patients treated with curative and palliative care. Patients and Methods: Sixty cancer patients in the age range of 18–65 years were randomly selected and divided into two groups based on their treatment intent namely, curative care (n = 30) and palliative care (n = 30). Both groups were assessed by the following instruments: Bharathiar University Resilience Scale, Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support and Beck Hopelessness Scale. Results: Resilience was significantly associated with less hopelessness and higher levels of perceived social support. Conclusion: Cancer patients are found to be resilient, and the role of social support and hopelessness on promoting resilience cannot be ignored.






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