Posttraumatic stress disorder among bereaved relatives of cancer patients

Ask Elklit, Nina Reinholt, Louise Hjort Nielsen, Alon Blum, Mathias Lasgaard

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    The aim of this study was to assess post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and predictors of PTSD in individuals who experienced the loss of a close relative to cancer. A total of 251 bereaved relatives ages 14 to 76 (M = 41.3, SD = 16.8) were recruited at a counseling service for cancer patients and their relatives. The prevalence of current probable PTSD was 40% in the bereaved sample. A hierarchical logistic regression analysis indicated that full-time employment, perceived control, and a secure attachment style moderated the risk for PTSD. Moreover, a long period of caretaking, high levels of somatization, and dissociation were all associated with an increased risk of PTSD.

    Sider (fra-til)399-412
    Antal sider14
    TidsskriftJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
    Udgave nummer4
    StatusUdgivet - 2010


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