Coping strategies of African American head and neck cancer survivors

Mansi Agarwal, Jill B. Hamilton, Jamie L. Crandell, Charles E. Moore

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Abstract

A cross-sectional study was conducted with 50 African American head and neck cancer survivors. Common coping strategies were identified and examined in relation with quality of life and relationship well-being. Coping through support from God, seeking emotional support from family and friends, and helping others were the most commonly used strategies. Having emotional support, being strong and self-reliant, and engaging in distracting activities with family and friends had strongest associations with quality of life. Coping through emotional support, help from God, assistance from one's church family to maintain religious practices, helping others, and engaging in distracting activities with others was more strongly associated with relationship well-being. Future intervention studies should consider these strategies and their possible impact on the physical, psychological, and relationship well-being of this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)526-538
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

Keywords

  • African American
  • cancer
  • coping
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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