Attachment style, social support and finding meaning among spouses of colorectal cancer patients: Gender differences

Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon, Gil Goldzweig, Tal Sela-Oren, Noam Pizem, Gil Bar-Sela, Ido Wolf

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Abstract

Objectives: The current study explores the relationship between attachment styles, social support, gender and finding meaning in caregiving among spousal caregivers of colorectal cancer patients. Methods: Sixty caregivers (30 men and 30 women) were administered questionnaires assessing attachment styles, social support and finding meaning in caregiving, using a cross-sectional design. Results: For male caregivers avoidance attachment is associated with their finding meaning, whereas for female caregivers social support is associated with their finding meaning. Significance of results: Psychological interventions for caregivers should take into consideration gender differences and might benefit from addressing the process of finding meaning in caregiving.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-535
Number of pages9
JournalPalliative and Supportive Care
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2015

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Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Cancer
  • Caregiving
  • Meaning
  • Social support

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