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Health Psychol. 2003 Mar;22(2):220-2.

Perceived stress management skill mediates the relationship between optimism and positive mood following radical prostatectomy.

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Department of Psychology and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida 33134, USA.


This study evaluated relations among optimism, perceived stress management skills (PSMS),and positive mood in 46 men who had surgical treatment for localized prostate cancer. The authors found that optimism, PSMS, and positive mood scores were positively correlated. Positive mood was unrelated to demographic and disease-related control variables. In a hierarchical regression model controlling for PSMS, the relationship between optimism and positive mood became nonsignificant, whereas PSMS remained a correlate of positive mood. Results suggest that the relationship between optimism and positive mood may be mediated by belief in being able to use stress management techniques effectively.

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