Couples and breast cancer: women's mood and partners' marital satisfaction predicting support perception.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer can experience an array of psychosocial difficulties; however, social support, particularly from a spouse, has been shown to have a protective function during this time. This study examined the ways in which a woman's daily mood, pain, and fatigue, and her spouse's marital satisfaction predict the woman's report of partner support in the context of breast cancer. Pretest data from a larger intervention study and multilevel modeling were used to examine the effects of women's daily mood, pain, and fatigue and average levels of mood, pain, and fatigue on women's report of social support received from her partner, as well as how the effects of mood interacted with partners' marital satisfaction. Results show that on days in which women reported higher levels of negative or positive mood, as well as on days they reported more pain and fatigue, they reported receiving more support. Women who, on average, reported higher levels of positive mood tended to report receiving more support than those who, on average, reported lower positive mood. However, average levels of negative mood were not associated with support. Higher average levels of fatigue but not pain were associated with higher support. Finally, women whose husbands reported higher levels of marital satisfaction reported receiving more partner support, but husbands' marital satisfaction did not moderate the effect of women's mood on support. Implications of these findings are discussed relative to assisting couples during this difficult time in their lives.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Boeding, SE; Pukay-Martin, ND; Baucom, DH; Porter, LS; Kirby, JS; Gremore, TM; Keefe, FJ

Published Date

  • October 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 675 - 683

PubMed ID

  • 25133643

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-1293

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/fam0000019


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States