The Role of Partner In The Process Of Improving the Quality of Coping for Breast Cancer Patients
Haryanthi, Luh Putu Suta
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Previous studies have shown that the involvement of responsive partner behavior positively improves the quality of coping to the psychological adjustment in a patient with cancer. This study aimsto investigate the role of partner in the process of improving the quality of coping for breast cancer patients. Two couples were involved in Couple Focused Group Intervention (CGI) for four sessions. The patients were diagnosed with early stage breast cancer by an oncologist and Electro Capacitive Cancer Therapy (EECT). The purpose of the intervention program was to improve the quality of coping through planning, coping, focusing on positive aspects, diversion, and interpersonal. The results show an increase in emotional support whose spouse is able to express thoughts and feelings openly and a higher score on interpersonal dimension of coping for those who are able to listen and communicate actively. The involvement of partner is highly significant in managing cancer as a cohesive team.