Date of Completion

Spring 5-6-2012

Thesis Advisor(s)

Crystal L. Park

Department

Psychology

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

This study looked at the life satisfaction of young adult cancer survivors in comparison to adult cancer survivors. Satisfaction was focused on three separate domains: romantic relationships, fertility and sexuality, and family and friendships. 292 participants completed the survey, which included measures such as the Zebrack Cancer Impact Scale, the Ferrans and Powers Quality of Life Index, the Post-Traumatic Growth Scale, and a new measure developed for this study. Bivariate correlation analyses were used to identify significant relationships among the domains. It was determined that there was no significant difference between young adult cancer survivors and adult cancer survivors in terms of satisfaction in life among the areas previously mentioned. However, several other significant correlations were found between the satisfaction domains and other items on the survey. Future studies would benefit from using healthy controls for both young adults and adults to determine if there are any between-group differences.

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