An exploratory model of the relationships between cancer-related trauma outcomes on quality of life in non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivors.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Given that more than one third of some cohorts of cancer survivors exhibit post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptomatology, this study examines how trauma outcomes might relate to quality of life (QOL). Eight hundred thirty survivors of adult lymphoma were assessed for PTSD, post-traumatic growth (PTG) and QOL. Structural equation modeling revealed that QOL was best explained by the model in which stressors (e.g., co-morbidities) were mediated by PTSD and PTG. Trauma outcomes mediated the relationship between specific stressors and QOL. These findings support using PTSD and PTG as a diagnostic framework in understanding symptomatology in survivors.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Smith, SK; Williams, CS; Zimmer, CR; Zimmerman, S

Published Date

  • January 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 19 - 34

PubMed ID

  • 21240723

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3079388

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-7586

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0734-7332

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07347332.2011.534022


  • eng