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J Behav Med. 2006 Feb;29(1):29-36. Epub 2005 Dec 15.

Self-forgiveness, spirituality, and psychological adjustment in women with breast cancer.

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Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 77030, USA. romeroc@bcm.tmc.edu

Abstract

We evaluated whether a self-forgiving attitude and spirituality were related to psychological adjustment among 81 women being treated for breast cancer at a medical oncology clinic in a county general hospital. Both a self-forgiving attitude and spirituality were unique predictors of less mood disturbance and better quality of life (p's < 0.001). These results are consistent with previous research that has demonstrated a positive relationship between spirituality and well-being. The findings also suggest that self-forgiveness should be explored experimentally to determine whether it can protect against the psychological effects of breast cancer-related stress. Interventions targeting these characteristics could improve the quality of life and alleviate stress, especially in women with breast cancer in public sector settings.

PMID:
16362244
DOI:
10.1007/s10865-005-9038-z
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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