Social support networks and depression of women suffering from early-stage breast cancer: A case control study

Cristina Gagliardi, Anna Vespa, Roberta Papa, Carlo Mariotti, Stefano Cascinu, Simonetta Rossini

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the areas of depression, anxiety, and social support using the structural model of the social network. By comparing the networks of two samples of breast cancer sufferers and healthy control participants, it was possible to identify differences in their relationships, in the shape of the networks themselves, and in the levels of depression and anxiety. Women with breast cancer described smaller and denser networks, including mainly kins whereas the healthy women included more friends, coworkers, and leisure companions. The levels of anxiety and depression were higher in women with breast cancer. Social network and social support measure correlated differently with depression and anxiety in the two groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-229
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Breast cancer
  • Depression
  • Social network
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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