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Shelby L. Langer, Jonathon D. Brown and Karen L. Syrjala Intrapersonal and interpersonal consequences of protective buffering among cancer patients and caregivers Cancer 115

Version of Record online: 4 SEP 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.24586

Protective buffering (hiding cancer-related thoughts and concerns from one's spouse or partner) predicted negative outcomes for those who engaged in this behavior, decreased relationship satisfaction and poorer mental health. In addition, buffering with a strong prosocial orientation (a greater desire to protect one's partner vs oneself) predicted positive outcomes among patients but negative outcomes among partners.

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