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PAFMJ. 2018; 68(2): 374-378


BREAST CANCER PATIENTS: AN OVERVIEW OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MEANING OF LIFE AND LIFE SATISFACTION

Maryam Khurshid, Neelam Ehsan, Najam ul Hasan Abbasi, Aneela Maqsood, Seema Gul.

Abstract
Objective: The study was planned to investigate the role of meaning in life with life satisfaction among women
with breast cancer. The study further analyzed the influence of socio-personal characteristics of these women
with their life satisfaction.
Study Design: Cross sectional survey.
Place and Duration of Study: The study was conducted from Sep 2015 to May 2016 on patients selected from
different hospitals of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Material and Methods: A total of 60 patients of breast cancer were enrolled for the said research. The present
study used two scales i.e., satisfaction with life scale and meaning of life questionnaires. Snow ball sampling
technique was used to collect data of clinical groups from different hospitals of the Punjab.
Results: To compare group differences-test analysis was computed. The results showed significant relationship
between meaning of life and life satisfaction. The study also found that the low sense of identity as a whole, leads
women to be dissatisfied with their lives.
Conclusions: This study demonstrated that the level of meaning of life among women with breast cancer is low.
Several factors like marital status and education were found to be significantly associated with the meaning in life
and life satisfaction of women with breast cancer.

Key words: Breast cancer, Life satisfaction, Meaning of life.



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