Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Mary Horan

Second Advisor

Lucille Grimm

Third Advisor

Wayne B. Kinzie


A cross section descriptive study was conducted to examine the relationship between social support, coping style, and emotional status among individuals with cancer undergoing chemotherapy. A questionnaire schedule consisting of social support, coping style, and emotional status was administered to subjects during their office visits to an oncologist. No significant relationships were found between social support, coping style, and emotional status. A significant correlation was found between those patients who had more affection, affirmation, and aid from their support system and the amount of guilt experienced by those patients (p = .05).

Patients who did not finish high school used "settle for the next best thing" and "do anything just to do something" more often than those who did finish high school (p = .02). The males used the coping item "talk the problem over with someone who has been in the same type situation" more often than females did (p = .02). Controlling the situation was the most common coping strategy used.


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