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Title: Illness perceptions and psychological well-being in cancer survivors
Author: Grima, Emanuela Maria
ISNI:       0000 0004 5372 0183
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2016
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Volume one of this thesis (the research component) includes a systematic literature review and an empirical study. The literature review evaluates the existing research on the relationship between illness perceptions and psychosocial outcomes in female cancer patients. Psychosocial factors including psychological well -being, quality of life, social and emotional support and changes in health practices were found to be related to one or more illness perception domains. A pattern of relationships between negative ill ness perceptions and poor psychosocial outcomes was found across studies. Future studies are necessary in order to clarify these relationships further. The empirical study investigated the relationship between illness perceptions, resilience and psychological well-being in cancer survivors. It was hypothesised that those with a lower resilience and more negative illness perceptions would have a poorer quality of life and poorer psychological outcomes. Results are in line with previous studies, showing that resilience and illness perceptions are significantly related to psycho logical well-being in cancer survivors. Volume two of this thesis (the clinical component) presents five clinical practice reports (CPRs).
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)