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Psychological adaptability to cancer

15 Aug 2017 14:32

Hi!

I am a masters student studying Health Psychology at University, and I have chosen to focus my thesis on cancer-related masculine threat, psychological adjustment and coping with cancer in men. 

My father had prostate cancer nearly 10 years ago and so it is a topic I hold close to my heart. I have a samll insight into the diificulties he faced and so I think it is really important. 

I am currently wriitng my thesis and I would really appreciate any response about my topic as I hope to gain a rich insight - especially whether men tend to contact support groups, or if they feel there should be more suitable support for men? For example something tailored more specifically towards men's needs? 
My research includes an annonymous online questionnaire to be filled out, if anyone would liek more information on this i can provide some. 

Thank you!

Re: Psychological adaptability to cancer

16 Aug 2017 14:31 in response to lol2301

Hi

I have advanced prostate cancer, which is incurable diagnosed a year ago done all the medication just on hormone injections now.

If you want to contact me just drop me a line I will answer within 24hours.

joe

Re: Psychological adaptability to cancer

16 Aug 2017 16:18 in response to lol2301

Hi,

Happy to help if I can.

My pet hate is gender stereotyping, "men" are a pretty diverse group and we're all individuals. 

Around the time I was diagnosed at Stage 4 there was a prevalent theory that more men in the UK were being diagnosed at a late stage than women for several types of cancer because men were less likely to visit their GP. A subtle form of "victim blaming". I lost count of the number of professionals (especially nurses) who jumped to this conclusion. I had seen my GP several times over about 18 months before I was referred on. NICE guidance said I was low cancer risk due to my age and lifestyle choices - WRONG! 

Research across the EU showed that England was exceptional and the root cause was NICE guidance to GPs which was changing the referral behaviour of English GPs. Symptoms which triggered a cancer referral in France and Germany on first presentation to a GP weren't triggering a cancer referral in England until the third or fourth presentation. NICE guidance was changed and the English referral patterns started to normalise. 

I personally am not attracted to support groups and counselling, though I don't mind an online forum. Whether this is gender-based is debatable, it could be a socio-economic factor or just individual difference. My wife has very similar preferences, but she may be atypical.

Good luck with your research into this very interesting topic Happy

 

Best wishes

Dave

Re: Psychological adaptability to cancer

25 Oct 2017 21:10 in response to joeven

Hi Joe, 

Thank you so much for getting back to me and I appologise for my late reply. 

As this is my first piece of research within this topic, my questionnaire is fairly brief and will only take around 10 minutes to complete. I hope that I can use the results in the future as I progress towards more qualifications to becomming a health psychologist. 

I have attached a link to my questionnaire, you can fill it in online, it is completely anonymous. My university email is: l.leahy@2016.hull.ac.uk should you wish to keep up to date with the research and what my findings are, or if you have any questions about my study. 

Thanks again, and all the best. 
Laura

https://hull.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/does-perceived-masculine-threat-affect-...

Re: Psychological adaptability to cancer

25 Oct 2017 21:14 in response to davek

Hi Dave 

Thank you so much for getting back to me and I appologise for my late reply. 

I agree with your post, I think that men are generalised to a stereotype - especially when it comes to health and illness. I hope my research gains a slight insight into the mental adjustment into cancer for a wide range of men and from there i would love to take my researcg further in my postgrad study. I think making the research tailored to more personality types and even including 1:1 interviews would be a brilliant way to understand the complex differences that each individual experiences. 

As this is my first piece of research within this topic, my questionnaire is fairly brief and will only take around 10 minutes to complete. I hope that I can use the results in the future as I progress towards more qualifications to becomming a health psychologist. 

I have attached a link to my questionnaire, you can fill it in online, it is completely anonymous. My university email is: l.leahy@2016.hull.ac.uk should you wish to keep up to date with the research and what my findings are, or if you have any questions about my study. 

Thanks again, and all the best. 
Laura

https://hull.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/does-perceived-masculine-threat-affect-...

Re: Psychological adaptability to cancer

26 Oct 2017 21:45 in response to lol2301

All done.

Just one comment on the format of the survey, there are several double negatives e.g. where the question includes a negative and some of the answers do too. This could confuse some respondents.

Best wishes

Dave