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Palliat Support Care. 2015 Jun;13(3):527-35. doi: 10.1017/S1478951513000242. Epub 2013 Aug 8.

Attachment style, social support and finding meaning among spouses of colorectal cancer patients: gender differences.

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1
Department of Psychology,Bar-Ilan University,Ramat Gan,Israel.
2
School of Behavioral Sciences,The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo,Israel.
3
Institute of Oncology,Chaim Sheba Medical Center,Tel Hashomer,Israel.
4
Division of Oncology,Rambam Health Care Campus and Faculty of Medicine,Technion-Israel Institute of Technology,Haifa,Israel.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The current study explores the relationship between attachment styles, social support, gender and finding meaning in caregiving among spousal caregivers of colorectal cancer patients.

METHODS:

Sixty caregivers (30 men and 30 women) were administered questionnaires assessing attachment styles, social support and finding meaning in caregiving, using a cross-sectional design.

RESULTS:

For male caregivers avoidance attachment is associated with their finding meaning, whereas for female caregivers social support is associated with their finding meaning.

SIGNIFICANCE OF RESULTS:

Psychological interventions for caregivers should take into consideration gender differences and might benefit from addressing the process of finding meaning in caregiving.

KEYWORDS:

Attachment; Cancer; Caregiving; Meaning; Social support

PMID:
23928072
DOI:
10.1017/S1478951513000242
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