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Self-Compassion and its Relationship to Social Encounters, Relationship Status, Cohabitation and Mental Well-Being in Breast Cancer Patients: A Questionnaire Study

Lahn, Hanna (2021) Self-Compassion and its Relationship to Social Encounters, Relationship Status, Cohabitation and Mental Well-Being in Breast Cancer Patients: A Questionnaire Study.

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Abstract:Aim: The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which women with breast cancer are self-compassionate. Another focus was on whether social encounters, relationship status and cohabitation predict self-compassion and if self-compassion mediates the relationship between its predictors and mental well-being. Methods: Participants were 55 female breast cancer patients in a rehabilitation centre in Germany. The questionnaire encompassed illness-related questions and demographic variables including the relationship status, cohabitation situation and frequency of social encounters. The SCS-SF was used to assess general self-compassion and the SCCC for illness-specific self-compassion. The MHC-SF measured mental well-being. Results: The patients reported a high extent of general and illness-specific self-compassion. Women who demonstrated a higher frequency of social encounters, reported a significantly higher level of self-compassion while relationship status and cohabitation could not account for it. General and illness-specific self-compassion partly explain the relationship between social encounters and mental well-being. Conclusion: Based on the results, the quality of relationships and interactions should be investigated further. The findings can be used to understand the concept of self-compassion even better and to tailor interventions and research accordingly. This can support affected people that face psychosocial and physical challenges.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86740
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