Sense of coherence as a protective factor for demoralisation in women with a recent diagnosis of gynaecological cancer

Nadia Boscaglia, David Murray Clarke

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Demoralisation is a dysphoric mood state commonly seen in the medically ill. Its core features comprise hopelessness, helplessness, loss of purpose and meaning, despair, and existential distress. Sense of Coherence (SOC) is a quantifiable dispositional orientation that captures the character traits likely to protect against demoralisation. In this study, we hypothesised on theoretical grounds that a strong SOC would be associated with lower levels of demoralisation in the context of gynaecological cancer (GC). METHOD: One hundred and twenty women with a recent (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189 - 195
Number of pages7
JournalPsycho-Oncology
Volume16
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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