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Submitted: 01 Nov 2020
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Community Involvement and Intersectoral Collaboration in Health Care System

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Predicting Emotional Disturbance Based on Self-Empowerment Skills and Interpersonal Relations in Patients with Breast Cancer

Manijeh Firoozi 1* ORCID logo, Hojjatollah Hojjatollah 2 ORCID logo, Abolfazl Fathipour 3 ORCID logo, Hosna Akbari 4 ORCID logo

Abstract

Introduction: The aim of this study was to determine the predictive variables of emotional distress and their relative importance in patients with breast cancer.
Method: Materials and Methods: The present research method was fundamental in terms of purpose, descriptive and exploratory in nature, so a high sample size was applied. The sample was among the patients with breast cancer who referred to Shohada Hospital in Tajrish, 736 patients ,19- to 80 years old people with breast cancer who referred to the hospital during the first 8 months of 2019. Whole samples were selected but screened based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. Then the psychological scale of self-empowerment skills, interpersonal interaction quality scale, and emotional turmoil Scale were administered to assess participants.
Results: The results of this study showed that empowerment skills, quality of interpersonal interactions, age and family caregiver status were significantly related to emotional distress. More precisely, it was found that the quality of interpersonal interactions and self-empowerment skills had the greatest impact on predicting emotional distress.
Conclusion: According to the results of this study, it can be concluded that interpersonal relationships, empowerment skills and demographic characteristics of patients with breast cancer play an important role in emotional distress in patients. Therefore, it is suggested that psychologists should pay particular attention to these concepts in monitoring mental health and improving the mental health of those affected.
Keywords: Breast Neoplasm, Empowerment, Interpersonal relations, Emotional disturbance
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