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STRESS AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN AFRICAN AMERICAN CANCER SURVIVORS

Garofalo, John P. and Hamann, Heidi A. and Ashworth, Kevin and Baum, Andrew (2006) STRESS AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN AFRICAN AMERICAN CANCER SURVIVORS. Ethnicity & Disease,, 16 (3). pp. 732-738. ISSN 1049-510X

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Abstract

The quality of life (QOL) of cancer survivors must be investigated as we learn about the risks and protective factors associated with cancer survival. Little research has included African American cancer survivors, and this group could be more or less vulnerable to the added stress of cancer. By virtue of the greater stress burden imposed by minority status, lower socioeconomic status, and other social/ cultural factors, African Americans may be at increased risk for poor QOL and poor health outcomes. Alternatively, they may be protected from some of these negative outcomes. We propose a model to better understand the unique sociocultural features that influence QOL for certain cancer sites where racial disparities are well established. A comprehensive knowledge of QOL among these survivors will guide future research and facilitate the development of interventions to improve QOL, possibly reducing observed health disparities.


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Uncontrolled Keywords: African American; Ambient Stress; Cancer Survivors; Health Disparities; Quality of Life
Subjects: Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Cancer
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Stress
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Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2008
Last Modified: 27 May 2011 13:46
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1209

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