Masculinity beliefs predict psychosocial functioning in African American prostate cancer survivors.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Research examining psychosocial functioning in African American prostate cancer survivors has been limited, in spite of documented higher mortality from prostate cancer and worse long-term physical and emotional outcomes from prostate cancer treatment reported by this group of survivors. In addition, the role of masculinity in psychosocial adjustment among prostate cancer survivors is not well understood. In this study, 59 African American prostate cancer survivors completed a questionnaire assessing masculinity beliefs related to self-reliance, emotional control, and dominance, as well as measures of psychosocial functioning (i.e., symptom distress, negative mood, and functional and social well-being). Results of regression analyses indicated that masculinity beliefs predicted negative mood, functional well-being, and social well-being, controlling for age, income, and medical comorbidities. The findings reported here, although preliminary, suggest that masculinity beliefs could be important therapeutic targets for improving the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral interventions for men adjusting to prostate cancer survivorship.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Campbell, LC; Keefe, FJ; McKee, DC; Waters, SJ; Moul, JW

Published Date

  • September 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 400 - 408

PubMed ID

  • 22691305

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3836263

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9891

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1557988312450185


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States