Volume 26, Issue 2 (Monthly_April 2015)                   Studies in Medical Sciences 2015, 26(2): 102-111 | Back to browse issues page

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Molavi P, Mikaeili N, Daneshvar S, Narimani M, Mehri S. THE ROLE OF DENIAL AND ALEXITHYMIA ON PAIN PERCEPTION IN WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER. Studies in Medical Sciences 2015; 26 (2) :102-111
URL: http://umj.umsu.ac.ir/article-1-2775-en.html
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil, Iran , p.molavi@arums.ac.ir
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  Background & Aims : Breast cancer is one of the most common and serious problems in women health in which pain is one of the most obvious manifestations that is influenced by many internal and external factors. Hence, the current study was conducted to determine the role of denial and Alexithymia on pain perception in women with breast cancer.

  Materials & Methods : This correlational study was conducted on all women with breast cancer who referred to the clinical centers of Namazi Hospital in Shiraz at the second half of 2014. Considering the inclusion criteria like subjects’ age between 18 to 60 and the guidance school education as the minimum level of education, a number of 50 patients with breast cancer were selected by the method of purposive sampling method. The subjects were asked to respond to cancer denial interview, fill out the questionnaires of Alexithymia, and the visual assessment scale of pain individually. The collected data were analyzed by tests of Pearson correlation coefficients and multistage regression.

  Results : The findings showed that pain is negatively and significantly correlated with denial (P<0/001, r=-0/52) and positively and significantly correlated with Alexithymia (P<0/01, r=0/40) and difficulty in identifying feeling (component of Alexithymia) (P<0/05, r=0/30). Regression analysis results also showed that 43% of the whole variance of pain can be explained by denial and Alexithymia.

  Conclusion : The results showed the role of denial and Alexithymia on the level of pain perception in women with breast cancer which expresses the importance of psychological factors on the level of pain perception in these patients.


  SOURCE: URMIA MED J 2015: 26(2): 111 ISSN: 1027-3727

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