Gender Differences in Coping Strategies Used by Blood Cancer Patients

Author:Sidra Chaudhry

Supervisor:Ms. Afsheen Masood



University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

AbstractThe present research was conducted to explore the gender differences in coping strategies used by blood cancer patients. By using non-probability purposive sampling technique, a sample of 60 blood cancer patients was collected from different hospitals of Lahore (Mayo Hospital, and Inmol Hospital). In order to collect the data, Cope Inventory by Carver (1989) consisting of 60 items were used. This was used to investigate the gender differences in coping strategies of blood cancer patients. The results were drawn by conducting both descriptive and inferential analysis. It was concluded that female blood cancer patients use more total coping strategies than male blood cancer patients. It is also concluded that male blood cancer patients tend to prone to use problem-focused coping strategies than the female blood cancer patients and female blood cancer patients tend to prone to use emotional-focused coping strategies than the male blood cancer patients. The result of broad range of cope factor used by blood cancer patients showed that female used more positive reinterpretation growth; total mental disengagement; total focus on venting of emotions; total denial; total religious coping; total emotional social support and total acceptance where as male blood cancer patients used more active coping and suppression of competing activities. These results also proved by theoretical evidence that female perceive more stress than male and it is also suggested that people with low level of stress may use coping strategies different from the people with high level of stress.

Keywords:Gender Differences ,Coping Strategies ,Blood Cancer Patients

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