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Original Article 유방손상정도와 성역할정체감이 유방암 여성의 신체변화스트레스 및 심리사회적 적응에 미치는 영향
Influences of the Degree of Breast Damage and Sex-role Identity on the Breast Cancer Patients' Body Change Stress and Psycho-social Adjustment
Kyung-Moon Chang
STRESS 2008;16(1):39-48
Published online: March 31, 2008
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숙명여자대학교 교육대학원

Graduate School of Education, Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, Korea

This study investigated the influences of the degree of breast damage, sex-role identity on the breast cancer patients' body change stress and their psycho-social adjustment. The relative importance of the variables(i.e., the degree of breast damage, masculinity & femininity, and body change stress) to the breast cancer patients' psycho-social adjustment is also investigated. Total of 204 breast cancer patients who had completed their primary cancer treatments participated in this study. The study concludes that breast cancer patients' body change stress is influenced by the degree of breast damage itself. In contrast, their psycho-social adjustment are influenced by an individual's sex-role identity rather than the degree of breast damage itself. In addition, body change stress was the most important predictor for all the aspects of psycho-social adjustment studied. Masculinity was a relatively important predictor for depression and social functioning/relationship adjustment. People with high masculinity showed low in the level of depression and high in social functioning/relationship. High femininity has a beneficial effect on the sex life adjustment of breast cancer patients. (Korean J Str Res 2008;16:39∼49)

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