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PEREZ, Paula; GONZALEZ, Andrea; MIELES, Ismael  and  URIBE, Ana Fernanda. Relationship Between Social Support, Coping Strategies, Clinical and Socio Demographic Factors in Cancer Patients. Pensam. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.15, n.2, pp.41-54. ISSN 1657-8961.

Objective. To describe the relationship between socio demographic and clinical variables and perceived social support and coping strategies in a sample of patients with cancer. Method. A transversal research quantitative approach was applied, in which 82 patients were evaluated; subjects were selected by non-probability sampling, as the Scale Strategies Modified Coping and the MOS Questionnaire for Social Support were used, medical and socio demographic data were collected through a questionnaire designed for the study. It conducted an analysis of multiple correspondences. Results. It was found that medical and socio demographic variables are strongly correlated with the scores on the questionnaires, and the same trends were found in the sample evaluated, the data was grouped according to certain socio demographic and clinical characteristics. Conclusion. Clinical and socio demographic variables are correlated with the perception of social support and coping strategies in patients with cancer. The importance of taking into account the socio demographic and clinical variables in their relationship with social support and coping strategies for designing psychological intervention programs in cancer patients is discussed.

Keywords : Social support; coping strategies; cancer; socio demographic variables; prognosis.

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