Uncertainty, spirituality, religiosity, and psychosocial outcomes among culturally diverse, younger women with breast cancer
AuthorBarroero, Linda Sue
KeywordsAttitude to Health.
Breast Neoplasms -- psychology.
Religion and Medicine.
AdvisorBraden, Carrie Jo
Committee ChairBraden, Carrie Jo
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this descriptive-exploratory, secondary analysis of data from the Self-Help Intervention Project (SHIP) was to explore the ability of the factors, uncertainty, spirituality, and religiosity, among young Hispanic and Anglo women with breast cancer, to differentiate between those who demonstrated psychosocial maladjustment and those who did not. The sample consisted of low income, younger (M=41. 75) Anglo (n=93) and Hispanic (n=96) women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Discriminant analysis with stepwise selection procedures was used to identify the predictor variables of psychosocial adjustment as measured by the social and psychological self-report domains of the PAIS. This study supported a positive relationship between uncertainty levels and psychosocial adjustment, demonstrating high prediction accuracy of nonmaladjustment (social=92.3%, psychological=85.2%) but with less accuracy for maladjustment (29.3%, 43.1 %). Spirituality and religiosity were entered with uncertainty yielding limited additional explanatory power for the group as a whole or the Hispanic women. However, three items entered for social adjustment among the Anglo women, improving prediction of maladjustment to 58.30% and for non-maladjustment, 92.60%. The addition of spirituality and religiosity among the Anglo women for psychological adjustment only improved prediction for the non-maladjusted group. Implications and limitations are discussed.
Degree ProgramGraduate College