Men's psychological functioning in the context of women's breast cancer.
Previous research indicates that men are affected when their female partners have breast cancer. However, little is known about what predicts men's psychological well-being in this context. The current investigation involved couples in which the woman had early stage breast cancer and explored the degree to which men's positive and negative well-being was related to women's well-being, women's physical symptoms, relationship functioning, and relationship duration. The findings indicate that all of these factors play a role and interact in predicting men's well-being. In particular, when women have a high level of physical symptoms, the typical associations between men's well-being with women's well-being and relationship adjustment no longer persist. Implications for working with couples addressing health problems are provided.
Baucom, DH; Kirby, JS; Pukay-Martin, ND; Porter, LS; Fredman, SJ; Gremore, TM; Keefe, FJ; Atkins, D
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