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Thesis

Perceptions about cancer patients with gender-specific and non gender-specific cancer

10 December 2004

Abstract

The Profile of Mood States-Short Form (POMS-SF) and the Perceptions of Medical Patients Questionnaire (PMPQ) were used in a study of 203 udergraduate college students to compare perceptions about cancer patients with gender-specific and non gender-specific cancer. Participants read one of four hypothetical vignettes 11 describing a male with prostate cancer or lymphoma or describing a female with breast cancer or lymphoma. Participants then rated the cancer patient described in the vignette on the POMS-SF and the PMPQ. Contrary to prediction, the findings of this study suggest that participants did not indicate much difference in how they perceive cancer patients based on the patient's gender and diagnosis. However, there were some notable differences in the perceived fear of getting cancer after visiting a cancer patient with higher fear attributed to visiting a female breast cancer patient.


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