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Siwik CJ , Phillips K , Zimmaro L , Salmon P , Sephton SE
Depressive symptoms among patients with lung cancer: Elucidating the roles of shame, guilt, and self-compassion
J Health Psychol. 2021 Jan 21 :1359105320988331
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The link between smoking and lung cancer predisposes patients to feeling shame and guilt, which increases risk for depression. To test the hypothesis shame would have a stronger association with depressive symptoms than guilt, a hierarchical regression was conducted. Three regressions were run to examine the associations of self-compassion with shame, guilt, and depressive symptoms. The best model to explain depressive symptoms included shame, but not guilt. Greater self-compassion was associated with less shame and fewer depressive symptoms, but not guilt. Results point to interventions targeting shame via enhancing self-compassion among patients with lung cancer and histories of smoking.
1461-7277 Siwik, Chelsea J Orcid: 0000-0003-1417-8582 Phillips, Kala Zimmaro, Lauren Salmon, Paul Sephton, Sandra E Orcid: 0000-0003-0585-0277 Journal Article England J Health Psychol. 2021 Jan 21:1359105320988331. doi: 10.1177/1359105320988331.