Psychosocial factors and mental health in cancer patients: opportunities for health promotion

Henk Boer, Wim Elving, Erwin Seydel

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Abstract

A first step in planning health promotion with respect to mental health is analysing the factors that influence mental health. Diagnosis of the relevant variables may contribute to the design of effective health promotion programmes. In this paper the relationship between psychosocial factors and mental health status of cancer patients is discussed. The study investigates the relation between psychosocial factors like social support, generalized self-efficacy, feelings of loneliness, social mobilization and mental health among cancer suruivors (n = 480). Results reveal that mental health in cancer survivors is slightly lower than in a reference group from the general population. Generalized self-efficacy and feelings of loneliness are the major psychosocial factors related to mental health in cancer survivors. The implications for the design of health promotion activities using self-efficacy theory are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-79
JournalPsychology, health & medicine
Volume3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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Keywords

  • health promotion
  • psychology

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