Title

Coping strategies of immediate family members of cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy in Cardinal Santos Medical Center.

Date of Completion

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology

Keywords

Cancer, Patients, Coping Behavior

Abstract

The study used a descriptive method of research. Using purposive sampling technique, a total of 51 immediate family members with cancer patients in Cardinal Santos Medical Center were the respondents of the study. The researchers used an adapted instrument from the study of Estomata, Retardo and Mesia (2004) entitled “Coping Strategies of Immediate Family Member with Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy at De La Salle University medical Center-Jose Sotto Tantiansu Cancer Institute.” The data gathered was treated with the following statistical tools: frequency distribution, percentage, mean, standard deviation, analysis of variance, and t-test for independent means. The results of the study revealed that the respondents have highly used coping strategy in terms of active-cognitive method, moderately used active-behavioral method and slightly used coping strategy in avoidance method. There are significant differences in the active-cognitive coping strategy of the respondents when grouped according to gender, age of cancer patients, and length of illness. Female respondents, respondents whose cancer patients that belong to 61 years old and above and respondents whose cancer patients have illness for 37 to 48 months have the better coping strategy than others. On the other hand, there are no significant differences in the said coping strategy when grouped according to age, civil status, educational attainment, religion, and monthly family income. There are significant differences in the active-behavioral coping strategy of the respondents when grouped according to gender and length of illness. Female respondents and respondents whose cancer patients have illness for 37 to 48 months have better coping strategy than others. However, there are no significant differences in the said coping strategy when grouped according to age, civil status, educational attainment, religion, monthly family income and age of cancer patient.

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