Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 29–36 | Cite as

Self-Forgiveness, Spirituality, and Psychological Adjustment in Women with Breast Cancer

  • Catherine Romero
  • Lois C. Friedman
  • Mamta Kalidas
  • Richard Elledge
  • Jenny Chang
  • Kathleen R. Liscum
Original Article

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.

KEY WORDS:

breast cancer forgiveness spirituality mood disturbance quality of life 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Romero
    • 1
    • 2
    • 6
  • Lois C. Friedman
    • 1
    • 3
  • Mamta Kalidas
    • 3
    • 4
  • Richard Elledge
    • 3
    • 4
  • Jenny Chang
    • 3
    • 4
  • Kathleen R. Liscum
    • 2
    • 5
  1. 1.Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesBaylor College of MedicineHoustonU.S.
  2. 2.Ben Taub General HospitalHoustonU.S.
  3. 3.Baylor College of Medicine, The Methodist Hospital Breast Care CenterHoustonU.S.
  4. 4.Department of Medicine, Baylor College of MedicineHoustonU.S.
  5. 5.Department of Surgery, Baylor College of MedicineHoustonU.S.
  6. 6.Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesHoustonU.S.

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