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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 76--82

Mediating role of affective experiences in the relationship between perceived social support and life satisfaction among breast cancer patients


1 Department of Surgical Oncology, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Psychology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Jyoti Srivastava
Department of Surgical Oncology, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi - 221 005, Uttar Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_106_20

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Aim: The role of social support network in managing psychological symptoms in cancer patients is widely acknowledged. The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential mediating role of Affective experiences in the relationship between perceived social support (PSS) and life satisfaction (LS) among breast cancer patients in India. Methods: A total of 100 breast cancer patients from S. S. Hospital, Banaras Hindu University participated in the study. They were tested using the PGI Social Support questionnaire, Satisfaction with Life Scale and Scale of Positive and Negative Experiences. Results: Co-relational results indicated that PSS was positively associated with positive affect and LS, while inversely related to negative affect. Affect was also associated with LS. Results showed that the mediation of affective experiences in the relationship between PSS and LS was significant (P <.01 level). Conclusion: Both PSS played a big role in LS among breast cancer patients. Besides focusing on improvement of the social support network, the psychologists and counsellors should adopt an integrated approach for evidence-based intervention strategies to enhance their ability to effectively balance their positive and negative emotions to promote LS among cancer patients.






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