Depression and perceptions of inequity among couples facing cancer

J.F. Ybema, R.G. Kuijer, B.P. Buunk, G.M. DeJong, R. Sanderman

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Abstract

In the present study, symptoms of nonclinical depression among 106 cancer patients and their intimate partners were assessed. From the perspective of equity theory, it was examined how depression was related to neuroticism marital quality, and perceptions of inequity in the relationship. LISREL analyses showed that neuroticism and perceptions of inequity in the relationship were associated with higher depression but differences were found between patients and partners in the way that inequity and depression were related. Cancer patients reported more symptom of depression when they felt that they invested too little in the relationship, whereas their partners were higher in depression when they felt that they received too little benefits in the relationship. The findings are discussed in tents of structural differences in roles between patients and caregiving partners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-13
Number of pages11
JournalPersonality and social psychology bulletin
Volume27
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2001

Keywords

  • INTIMATE-RELATIONSHIPS
  • CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS
  • SOCIAL-EXCHANGE
  • BREAST-CANCER
  • PERSONALITY
  • SATISFACTION
  • SUPPORT
  • NEUROTICISM
  • ADJUSTMENT
  • SPOUSES

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