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Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research 4/2019

05-12-2018 | Brief Communication

Causal attributions and their impact on psychosocial functioning in head and neck cancer patient–caregiver dyads: a preliminary, longitudinal study

Auteurs: Jessica L. Burris, Jessica N. Rivera-Rivera, Kent Armeson, Jane Zapka, Anthony J. Alberg, Terry A. Day, Katherine R. Sterba

Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research | Uitgave 4/2019

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Abstract

Purpose

This longitudinal study explores causal attributions in newly diagnosed head/neck cancer (HNC) patients and their caregivers.

Methods

Perceptions of causal attributions and associated level of responsibility regarding each patient’s HNC diagnosis at baseline (n = 72 dyads) were described and then tested as predictors of depressive symptoms, cancer worry, and perceived support 6 months later.

Results

When causes were reported, tobacco and alcohol use topped the list of both patients and caregivers. Three-quarters of dyads agreed about perceptions of the patients’ responsibility in causing their HNC. Some dyad-level patterns of causal attribution were associated with patients’ and caregivers’ cancer worry (p < 0.05) and caregivers’ perceived support (p < 0.05) in unadjusted models.

Conclusions

This preliminary study indicates that causal attributions warrant further exploration in HNC patient–caregiver dyads specifically, as well as studies of quality of life in patient–caregiver dyads more broadly considered.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Causal attributions and their impact on psychosocial functioning in head and neck cancer patient–caregiver dyads: a preliminary, longitudinal study
Auteurs
Jessica L. Burris
Jessica N. Rivera-Rivera
Kent Armeson
Jane Zapka
Anthony J. Alberg
Terry A. Day
Katherine R. Sterba
Publicatiedatum
05-12-2018
Uitgeverij
Springer International Publishing
Gepubliceerd in
Quality of Life Research / Uitgave 4/2019
Print ISSN: 0962-9343
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2649
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-018-2078-y