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Coping with loss of ability vs. emotional control and self-esteem in women after mastectomy

Katarzyna Cieślak, Wojciech Golusiński
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2018.02.002
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2018;23(3):168-174.

open access

Vol 23, No 3 (2018)
Original research articles
Published online: 2018-05-01
Submitted: 2017-09-03

Abstract

Aim

Does coping with the loss of ability depend on self-esteem and emotional control?

Background

Persons who experience losses in two dimensions, i.e. health and ability can deal with the loss by physical therapy, and also by mental and socio-professional rehabilitation. But far and foremost, it is the personality of the person who experiences the loss that matters most.

Materials and methods

The study included 37 patients after mastectomy. They were divided into two groups according to the time elapsed from cancer diagnosis. The study was conducted using the Questionnaire on Coping With Ability Loss (P. Wolski), Self-Esteem Loss (M. Rosenberg,) and the Courtauld Emotional Control Scale – CECS.

Results

In Group I, the higher level of acceptance in the QCAL test, the higher self-esteem. The more depression experienced by individuals, the lower is their level of self-esteem or the less depression experienced, the higher the self-esteem. In Group II, the higher the level of depression, the lower the level of anger. The greater the struggle, the lower level of anger. The lower the level of depression and struggle, the higher the level of emotion control.

Conclusions

Women diagnosed no longer than five years back do not differ from those diagnosed further back in terms of copying with the loss of ability, self-esteem and emotional control.

Abstract

Aim

Does coping with the loss of ability depend on self-esteem and emotional control?

Background

Persons who experience losses in two dimensions, i.e. health and ability can deal with the loss by physical therapy, and also by mental and socio-professional rehabilitation. But far and foremost, it is the personality of the person who experiences the loss that matters most.

Materials and methods

The study included 37 patients after mastectomy. They were divided into two groups according to the time elapsed from cancer diagnosis. The study was conducted using the Questionnaire on Coping With Ability Loss (P. Wolski), Self-Esteem Loss (M. Rosenberg,) and the Courtauld Emotional Control Scale – CECS.

Results

In Group I, the higher level of acceptance in the QCAL test, the higher self-esteem. The more depression experienced by individuals, the lower is their level of self-esteem or the less depression experienced, the higher the self-esteem. In Group II, the higher the level of depression, the lower the level of anger. The greater the struggle, the lower level of anger. The lower the level of depression and struggle, the higher the level of emotion control.

Conclusions

Women diagnosed no longer than five years back do not differ from those diagnosed further back in terms of copying with the loss of ability, self-esteem and emotional control.

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Keywords

Breast cancer; Acquired disability; Self-esteem; Emotional control; Mastectomy

About this article
Title

Coping with loss of ability vs. emotional control and self-esteem in women after mastectomy

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 23, No 3 (2018)

Pages

168-174

Published online

2018-05-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2018.02.002

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2018;23(3):168-174.

Keywords

Breast cancer
Acquired disability
Self-esteem
Emotional control
Mastectomy

Authors

Katarzyna Cieślak
Wojciech Golusiński

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