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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 Sept - Oct;35(5) :578-596
PMID: 28511030    PMCID: PMC5804335    URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28511030
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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.
Reese, Jennifer Barsky Lepore, Stephen J Handorf, Elizabeth A Haythornthwaite, Jennifer A eng P30 CA006927/CA/NCI NIH HHS/ 2017/05/17 06:00 J Psychosoc Oncol. 2017 May 16:1-19. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2017.1331492.