Psychosocial Adjustment, Marital Intimacy and Family Support of Post-mastectomy Patients

유방암 환자의 수술 후 심리사회적 적응, 부부친밀도 및 가족지지

  • Cho, Ok-Hee (Department of Nursing, Hyechon University) ;
  • Yoo, Yang-Sook (College of Nursing, the Catholic University of Korea)
  • Received : 2009.06.16
  • Accepted : 2009.07.23
  • Published : 2009.08.31


Purpose: This study was to explore the psychosocial adjustment, marital intimacy and family support of post-mastectomy patients. Methods: The subjects were 90 post-mastectomy patients (stage I or II) who were eligible and agreed to participate in the study. The data collection period was from March to May, 2008. Subjects completed a survey including demographics, psychosocial adjustment scale by Lee (a 4-point Likert scale), marital intimacy scale by Kim (a 4-point Likert scale), and family support by Shim (a 5-point Likert scale). Data were analyzed using SAS (ver 9.0) program and frequency, mean (SD), t-test, ANOVA and Pearson correlation coefficients were used. Results: The mean scores of the psychosocial adjustment and marital intimacy were 2.8 (${\pm}0.4$) and 2.5 (${\pm}0.5$). Also, the mean score of the family support was 3.6 (${\pm}0.7$). Regarding the correlation between the psychosocial adjustment, marital intimacy and family support, there was a positive correlation. Conclusion: These results showed that subjects who had higher marital intimacy and family support showed better in psychosocial adjustment. To improve psychosocial adjustment of post-mastectomy patients for breast cancer more effectively, there is an necessity to provide various strategic supports and intervention for effective communication with spouse and family.


Supported by : 가톨릭대학교 간호대학


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