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OPTIMISM, PESSIMISM AND NEGATIVE MOOD REGULATION EXPECTANCIES IN CANCER PATIENTS

Vol X, No. 1, 2010 Comments (0)

Mădălina L. SUCALĂ*1, Aurora SZENTÁGOTAI TĂTAR,
1Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the interrelations among optimism, pessimism and negative mood regulation expectancies in predicting distress levels in a sample of women (N=64) diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. The study offers empirical data that could clarify the relation between these variables impacting emotional distress. Our results indicate that negative mood regulation expectancies completely mediated the effects of pessimism on symptoms of depression and anxiety. The direct relation between negative mood regulation expectancies and emotional distress can be explained by conceptualizing these expectancies as specific beliefs within a response expectancy model.

Keywords: anxiety, depression, cancer, negative mood regulation expectancies, optimism, pessimism

Pages: 13-24

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