Illness perceptions and psychological well-being in cancer survivors

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Grima, Emanuela Maria (2016). Illness perceptions and psychological well-being in cancer survivors. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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Abstract

Volume one of this thesis (the research component) includes a systematic literature review and an empirical study. The literature review evaluates the existing research on the relationship between illness perceptions and psychosocial outcomes in female cancer patients. Psychosocial factors including psychological well -being, quality of life, social and emotional support and changes in health practices were found to be related to one or more illness perception domains. A pattern of relationships between negative ill ness perceptions and poor psychosocial outcomes was found across studies. Future studies are necessary in order to clarify these relationships further. The empirical study investigated the relationship between illness perceptions, resilience and psychological well-being in cancer survivors. It was hypothesised that those with a lower resilience and more negative illness perceptions would have a poorer quality of life and poorer psychological outcomes. Results are in line with previous studies, showing that resilience and illness perceptions are significantly related to psycho logical well-being in cancer survivors.

Volume two of this thesis (the clinical component) presents five clinical practice reports (CPRs).

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
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Supervisor(s)EmailORCID
Howard, RuthUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Grunfeld, ElizabethUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
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College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/6429

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