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Reese JB, Lepore SJ, Handorf EA, Haythornthwaite JA
Emotional approach coping and depressive symptoms in colorectal cancer patients: The role of the intimate relationship
J Psychosoc Oncol (2017) 35:578-596.
This study examined whether emotional approach coping was associated with lower depressive symptoms, and whether intimacy moderated this association, in 121 married/partnered colorectal cancer (CRC) outpatients. Prospective analyses of survey data on emotional approach coping, depressive symptoms, and intimacy measured at baseline and 6-month follow-up showed that depressive symptoms were inversely related to processing, expression, and intimacy. At baseline, the association between processing and depressive symptoms was moderated by intimacy: greater processing was associated with lower depressive symptoms only for those in relatively high-intimacy relationships. Enhancing emotional approach coping efforts and relationship quality may benefit CRC patients' adjustment.
Publication Date: 2017-09-01.
PMCID: PMC5804335
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