Problem-solving skills and emotional distress in spouses of men with prostate cancer. Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer, the most common cancer in American men, may increase the risk of emotional distress in patients and their spouses. Problem-solving skills may be related to the emotional distress of the spouses. METHOD: Thirty-two spouses of prostate cancer patients completed measures of problem-solving skills and emotional distress. RESULTS: Proactive problem-solving skills were related to less emotional distress in spouses. Subtypes of problem-solving skills were differentially related to emotional distress. CONCLUSIONS: Enhancement of problem-solving skills may contribute to improved health-related quality of life of spouses of prostate cancer patients.

author list (cited authors)

  • Malcarne, V. L., Banthia, R., Varni, J. W., Sadler, G. R., Greenbergs, H. L., & Ko, C. M.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Malcarne, Vanessa L||Banthia, Rajni||Varni, James W||Sadler, Georgia Robins||Greenbergs, Helen L||Ko, Celine M

publication date

  • January 2002