Self-compassion moderates the perceived stress and self-care behaviors link in women with breast cancer

Abbas Abdollahi, Azadeh Taheri, Kelly A. Allen

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    Objective: Women with breast cancer are exposed to various stressors, and self-care behaviors play an important role in their recovery. However, very few studies have investigated self-care behaviors specifically for women with breast cancer. The current study examined the relationship between perceived stress and self-care behaviors, and explored whether self-compassion moderated this relationship. Methods: A sample of 210 women with breast cancer aged 27 to 60 years old from three hospitals in Tehran, Iran completed online self-report questionnaires of self-care behaviors, self-compassion, and perceived stress. Results: Data analyses with structural equation modeling showed that perceived stress (β = −.37, P <.01) and self-compassion (β =.38, P <.01) were significant predictors of self-care behaviors. The interaction-moderation analysis showed that self-compassion acted as a moderator between perceived stress and self-care behaviors. Conclusions: The findings enhance our understanding about the protective role of self-compassion in the relationship between perceived stress and self-care behaviors in women with breast cancer.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)927-933
    Number of pages7
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - May 2020


    • perceived stress
    • self-care behaviors
    • self-compassion
    • women
    • breast cancer
    • oncology
    • cancer
    • distress
    • women with breast cancer
    • moderator

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