Post Traumatic Growth and Tendency towards Religion after Onset of Cancer

Author: Faiza Rasool

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2006-2008

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


The present study was conducted to examine posttraumatic growth and tendency towards religion after onset of cancer among patients. A sample of 40 patients was recruited from Institute of Nuclear and Medicine Oncology Lahore (INMOL), Lahore. Posttraumatic Growth inventory and a self prepared scale for measuring Tendency towards Religion was used for assessment and individual assessment was carried out by the researcher after seeking formal permission from hospital authorities. Data were analyzed using Multivariate analysis of variance, paired sample t-test and correlation analysis. Analysis revealed that majority of the cancer patients showed increased tendency toward religion after onset of cancer and they showed more religiosity related to people. There was posttraumatic growth in patients after diagnosis of cancer. Majority of the patients had more positive changes relating to others, about spiritual change and about appreciation of life than others. There was positive correlation among the most of subscales of Posttraumatic Growth Inventory and subscales of tendency towards religion.

Keywords: Post Traumatic Growth, Religion, Onset of Cancer

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