A family-based model to predict fear of recurrence for cancer survivors and their caregivers
Article first published online: 14 AUG 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 214–223, March 2007
How to Cite
Mellon, S., Kershaw, T. S., Northouse, L. L. and Freeman-Gibb, L. (2007), A family-based model to predict fear of recurrence for cancer survivors and their caregivers. Psycho-Oncology, 16: 214–223. doi: 10.1002/pon.1074
- Issue published online: 9 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 14 AUG 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 MAY 2006
- Manuscript Revised: 23 APR 2006
- Manuscript Received: 12 SEP 2005
- SEER NCI. Grant Number: NOl-CN-65064
- Helen Newberry Joy Foundation, Wayne State University
- fear of recurrence;
- family caregiver
Although fear of cancer recurrence is a great concern among survivors and their families, few studies have examined predictors of fear of recurrence. The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with fear of recurrence in a population-based sample (N = 246) and determine if survivors and family caregivers influenced one another's fear of recurrence. A family framework guided the study and analyses included multilevel modeling using the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model. Results indicated that survivors and family caregivers influenced each other's fear of recurrence and that caregivers had significantly more fear of recurrence than survivors. More family stressors, less positive meaning of the illness, and age were related to elevated fear of cancer recurrence for both survivors and caregivers. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.