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Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Krista Brockwood, PhD


This study examines perceptions of cancer patients according to patient gender and age. A total of 199 students were randomly assigned one of four vignettes describing a hypothetical cancer patient (older female, older male, younger female, younger male). After reading, students answered questions from the Profile of Mood States-Short Form (POMS-SF), the Perception of Medical Patients Questionnaire (PMPQ), and two social support questions according to their expectations of the patient's experience. Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) revealed that there were no significant differences in expectations of the different hypothetical patients. Results indicate that perceptions of patient psychological and physical distress as well as important types of social support do not differ according to patient gender and age.