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Posttraumatic growth: Examining three types of support in rural and non-rural breast cancer survivors.

LeBarre, Savannah (2017) Posttraumatic growth: Examining three types of support in rural and non-rural breast cancer survivors. [Dissertation]

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Abstract

Breast cancer, although considered a traumatic experience, can lead to posttraumatic growth (PTG). Research has found that a majority of breast cancer survivors experience posttraumatic growth. While there are factors suggested to contribute to PTG, inconsistencies are found in the literature. One such factor, social support, is a malleable factor that could be beneficial for interventions to foster PTG. Currently, there is no research on PTG in rural breast cancer survivors. Because of fewer resources and a lesser likelihood of having peer support groups, along with an increased likelihood of religious supports, the study hypothesized that rural survivors differed from non-rural survivors on levels of posttraumatic growth. Other hypotheses included those with both religious and nonreligious social support would have the highest levels of PTG and religious support would have a unique contribution above what other types of support have. The researchers explored these relationships to ascertain whether geographical location and type of support matter within a breast cancer survivor population. Results indicate that type of support does matter and that more research investigating responses from participants from a variety of geographical locations needs to determine if location makes a difference. Implications, limitations, and considerations for future research are explored.

Item Type: Dissertation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Posttraumatic growth, breast cancer, religious support, rural
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Savannah LeBarre
Date Deposited: 31 May 2019 15:16
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 15:16
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/383

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