Hasson-Ohayon I, Goldzweig G, Sela-Oren T, Pizem N, Bar-Sela G, Wolf I. Attachment style, social support and finding meaning among spouses of colorectal cancer patients: gender differences. Palliat Support Care. 2015 Jun;13(3):527-35. PubMed PMID: 23928072.

Palliat Support Care. 2015 Jun;13(3):527-35. doi: 10.1017/S1478951513000242. Epub 2013 Aug 8.

Attachment style, social support and finding meaning among spouses of colorectal cancer patients: gender differences.

Hasson-Ohayon I(1), Goldzweig G(2), Sela-Oren T(1), Pizem N(3), Bar-Sela G(4), Wolf I(3).

Author information:
(1)Department of Psychology,Bar-Ilan University,Ramat Gan,Israel.
(2)School of Behavioral Sciences,The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo,Israel.
(3)Institute of Oncology,Chaim Sheba Medical Center,Tel Hashomer,Israel.
(4)Division of Oncology,Rambam Health Care Campus and Faculty of Medicine,Technion-Israel Institute of Technology,Haifa,Israel.

OBJECTIVES: The current study explores the relationship between attachment styles, social support, gender and finding meaning in caregiving among spousal caregivers of colorectal cancer patients.

METHODS: Sixty caregivers (30 men and 30 women) were administered questionnaires assessing attachment styles, social support and finding meaning in caregiving, using a cross-sectional design.

RESULTS: For male caregivers avoidance attachment is associated with their finding meaning, whereas for female caregivers social support is associated with their finding meaning.

SIGNIFICANCE OF RESULTS: Psychological interventions for caregivers should take into consideration gender differences and might benefit from addressing the process of finding meaning in caregiving.

PMID: 23928072  [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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