PAKISTAN ARMED FORCES
MEDICAL JOURNAL (Category Y)

A Journal of Army Medical & Dental Corps

Being published since 1956

ISSN (online) 2411-8842
ISSN (print) 0030-9648

VOL 68, No. 2, APRIL 2018

BREAST CANCER PATIENTS: AN OVERVIEW OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MEANING OF LIFE AND LIFE SATISFACTION

Maryam Khurshid, Neelam Ehsan, Najam ul Hasan Abbasi, Aneela Maqsood*, Seema Gul**

Abstract

Objective: The study was planned to investigate the role of meaning in life with life satisfaction among women with breast cancer. The study further analyzed the influence of socio-personal characteristics of these women with their life satisfaction.
Study Design: Cross sectional survey.
Place and Duration of Study: The study was conducted from Sep 2015 to May 2016 on patients selected from different hospitals of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Material and Methods: A total of 60 patients of breast cancer were enrolled for the said research. The present study used two scales i.e., satisfaction with life scale and meaning of life questionnaires. Snow ball sampling technique was used to collect data of clinical groups from different hospitals of the Punjab.
Results: To compare group differences-test analysis was computed. The results showed significant relationship between meaning of life and life satisfaction. The study also found that the low sense of identity as a whole, leads women to be dissatisfied with their lives.
Conclusions: This study demonstrated that the level of meaning of life among women with breast cancer is low. Several factors like marital status and education were found to be significantly associated with the meaning in life and life satisfaction of women with breast cancer.

Keywords : Breast cancer, Life satisfaction, Meaning of life.



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