Author: Juwairya Nawaz
Supervisor: Ms. Bushra Naseem
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present research was conducted to find out the relationship between uncertainty in illness and perceived stress in cancer patients. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a relationship between uncertainty in illness and perceived stress in cancer patients. It was also hypothesized that uncertainty in illness is likely to be a predictor of perceived stress. The sample was consist of 80 female cancer patients (N = 80) of age range between 25-50 years from INMOL hospital Lahore. In order to collect the data, non probability purposive sampling technique was used. The data was collected with the help of two scales named Mishel Uncertainty in Illness Scale (MUIS) by Mishel (1990) was used to access uncertainty in illness and Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) by Cohen, Kamarck, and Mermelstien (1983) was used to assess stress in cancer patients. Pearson Product-Moment Correlation was used to find out relationship between uncertainty in illness and perceived stress. The findings revealed the significant relationship between uncertainty in illness and perceived stress in cancer patients. Multiple Hierarchical Regression was used to find out the influence of uncertainty on perceived stress. The results were significant and revealed that there is a statically significant improvement in the relationship between the set of independent variables and dependent variable. We say that perceived stress can be predicted by uncertainty. This research has an important implication for the psychological wellbeing of cancer patients.
Keywords: Perceived Stress, Uncertainty, Illness.
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