Social support buffers against anxiety and depressive symptoms in patients with cancer only if support is wanted: a large sample replication
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Social support can buffer against stressful life events like coping with a life-threatening disease such as cancer [1, 2]. However, social support is not equally desired across individuals and does not necessarily elicit salutary consequences in all recipients [3, 4, 5, 6]. Previously, we demonstrated that lower emotional distress as a result of greater social support was limited to only those cancer patients who in fact desired more social support . Hence, not all individuals low in social support also seek more support and may, therefore, not benefit from additional social support. A somewhat weaker but same effect was also demonstrated in healthy individuals . These findings suppose that the desire for social support could be considered a trait-like personality style  that is evident in the healthy and extends to individuals who cope with a life-threatening illness or frailty . To assure stability and trustworthiness of these findings [4, 9] the present paper aims at...
KeywordsSocial support Desired support Cancer patients Anxiety Depression
This work was supported by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Team for Supportive Cancer Care (#AQC83559; PIs R Doll & A Kazanjian).
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