How family communication patterns and conflict management affect cancer patients' support satisfaction and availability
Abbott, Tara Jean
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This study examines the relationship between family communication patterns, conflict management styles, and cancer patients perceptions of received social support. Fifty-three cancer survivors recruited from online message boards completed an online survey which assessed their level of family conformity and conversation orientations, their conflict management styles, their perceptions of the amount and types of support they receive from their primary support provider, and their perception of optimal matching of support. Results indicated that although there were not significant relationships between level of conformity and perception of received social support or optimal matching, there were significant relationships between a patient's level of family conversation orientation and his/her amount of communication with family about the cancer and support needs, perception of received support and optimal matching. There were also significant relationships between particular conflict management styles and perceived optimal matching.