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Lisa Maria Wu

Social correlates of distress following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: Exploring the role of loneliness and cognitive processing

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  • Catherine E Mosher, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
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  • Stephen J Lepore
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  • Lisa Wu
  • Jane Austin
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  • Heiddis Valdimarsdottir
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  • Scott Rowley
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  • Luis Isola
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  • William H Redd
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  • Christine Rini

This study investigated whether loneliness and cognitive processing explain the influence of negative (social constraints) and positive (emotional support) relationship qualities on cancer survivors' distress. Participants were 195 cancer survivors who had undergone hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Path analysis supported the hypothesis that loneliness and cognitive processing would mediate the association between social constraints and distress. Only loneliness mediated the association between emotional support and distress - an indirect effect significant only when support came from family and friends rather than a partner. Findings suggest that addressing social constraints may enhance cancer survivors' adjustment.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Pages (from-to)1022-32
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Adult, Aged, Cognition, Female, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation/psychology, Humans, Loneliness, Male, Middle Aged, Neoplasms/psychology, Social Support, Stress, Psychological, Surveys and Questionnaires, Survivors/psychology, United States, Young Adult

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