Author: Mishal Niazi
Supervisor: Dr. Rafia Rafique
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present research aimed to explore whether religiosity, spiritual well- being and health locus of control are predictors of quality of life in patients diagnosed with cancer. It was hypothesized that quality of life will be predicted by religiosity, spiritual well-being and health locus of control in patients diagnosed with cancer. Correlational research design was used for this purpose. The sample consisted of 70 patients diagnosed with breast cancer stage 1, taken from Hospital. Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire (Plante & Boccaccini, 1997), Spiritual Transcendence Scale (STS) (Piedmont, 2004), Form C of Multidimensional Health Locus of Control (MHLC) Scale (Wallston, Stein, & Smith, 1994), European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTCQLQ-C30 of Version 3) (European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer [EORTC], (1993) were used to assess religiosity, spiritual well- being, health locus of control and quality of life respectively. Multiple regression analysis was conducted to confirm the proposed hypothesis. The results revealed that quality of life is predicted by spiritual well- being and health locus of control in patients diagnosed with cancer. These findings and further studies in this area point towards use of psychological interventions to help improve quality of life of patients diagnosed with cancer by enhancing their spiritual well-being and health locus of control.
Keywords: Religiosity, Spiritual Well-Being, Locus of Control, Quality of Life.
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