Self-forgiveness, spirituality, and psychological adjustment in women with breast cancer

Catherine Romero, Mamta Kalidas, Richard Elledge, Jenny Chang, Kathleen R. Liscum, Lois C. Friedman

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Abstract

We evaluated whether a self-forgiving attitude and spirituality were related to psychological adjustment among 81 women being treated for breast cancer at a medical oncology clinic in a county general hospital. Both a self-forgiving attitude and spirituality were unique predictors of less mood disturbance and better quality of life (p's < 0.001). These results are consistent with previous research that has demonstrated a positive relationship between spirituality and well-being. The findings also suggest that self-forgiveness should be explored experimentally to determine whether it can protect against the psychological effects of breast cancer-related stress. Interventions targeting these characteristics could improve the quality of life and alleviate stress, especially in women with breast cancer in public sector settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-36
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2006

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Forgiveness
  • Mood disturbance
  • Quality of life
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Romero, C., Kalidas, M., Elledge, R., Chang, J., Liscum, K. R., & Friedman, L. C. (2006). Self-forgiveness, spirituality, and psychological adjustment in women with breast cancer. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 29(1), 29-36. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-005-9038-z