Skip to main content

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

Publication ,  Journal Article
Boeding, SE; Pukay-Martin, ND; Baucom, DH; Porter, LS; Kirby, JS; Gremore, TM; Keefe, FJ
Published in: J Fam Psychol
October 2014

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.

Duke Scholars

Altmetric Attention Stats
Dimensions Citation Stats

Published In

J Fam Psychol

DOI

EISSN

1939-1293

Publication Date

October 2014

Volume

28

Issue

5

Start / End Page

675 / 683

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Spouses
  • Social Support
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Pain
  • Middle Aged
  • Marriage
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Fatigue
 

Citation

APA
Chicago
ICMJE
MLA
NLM
Boeding, S. E., Pukay-Martin, N. D., Baucom, D. H., Porter, L. S., Kirby, J. S., Gremore, T. M., & Keefe, F. J. (2014). Couples and breast cancer: women's mood and partners' marital satisfaction predicting support perception. J Fam Psychol, 28(5), 675–683. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000019
Boeding, Sara E., Nicole D. Pukay-Martin, Donald H. Baucom, Laura S. Porter, Jennifer S. Kirby, Tina M. Gremore, and Francis J. Keefe. “Couples and breast cancer: women's mood and partners' marital satisfaction predicting support perception.J Fam Psychol 28, no. 5 (October 2014): 675–83. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000019.
Boeding SE, Pukay-Martin ND, Baucom DH, Porter LS, Kirby JS, Gremore TM, et al. Couples and breast cancer: women's mood and partners' marital satisfaction predicting support perception. J Fam Psychol. 2014 Oct;28(5):675–83.
Boeding, Sara E., et al. “Couples and breast cancer: women's mood and partners' marital satisfaction predicting support perception.J Fam Psychol, vol. 28, no. 5, Oct. 2014, pp. 675–83. Pubmed, doi:10.1037/fam0000019.
Boeding SE, Pukay-Martin ND, Baucom DH, Porter LS, Kirby JS, Gremore TM, Keefe FJ. Couples and breast cancer: women's mood and partners' marital satisfaction predicting support perception. J Fam Psychol. 2014 Oct;28(5):675–683.

Published In

J Fam Psychol

DOI

EISSN

1939-1293

Publication Date

October 2014

Volume

28

Issue

5

Start / End Page

675 / 683

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Spouses
  • Social Support
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Pain
  • Middle Aged
  • Marriage
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Fatigue