The Moderating Role of Different Sources of Perceived Social Support on the Dispositional Optimism- Posttraumatic Growth Relationship in Postoperative Breast Cancer Patients

BOZO ÖZEN Ö. , Gundogdu E., Buyukasik-Colak C.

JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, cilt.14, sa.7, ss.1009-1020, 2009 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 14 Konu: 7
  • Basım Tarihi: 2009
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1177/1359105309342295
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1009-1020


The purpose of this study was to investigate the dispositional optimism-posttraumatic growth (PTG) relationship in postoperative breast cancer patients and to examine if perceived social support moderates this relationship. The study was conducted with 104 women undergoing postoperative chemotherapy treatment or coming to the hospital for their routine controls. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses indicated that breast cancer survivors high on dispositional optimism and perceived social support, are more likely to develop PTG. Among the different sources of social support, only social support perceived from a private person moderated the dispositional optimism-PTG relationship. Strengths, limitations and possible implications of the findings are discussed.