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Relationship Intimacy: Associations with Psychological Distress and Work Productivity in Breast Cancer Survivors

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Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States

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Objectives In the general population, relationship intimacy has been associated with both psychosocial adaptation and work productivity. In breast cancer survivors BCS,intimacy has been associated better psychosocial adaptation. This internet-based self report study examined the association of intimacy with psychological distress and work productivity in BCS, and examined BCS status in association with intimacy, psychological distress and work productivity. Methods 165 BCS and 176 age matched non-cancer participants completed measures of intimacy, distress, work productivity, and work-family conflict. Results Significant between-groups differences were found on measures occupation, work-to-family spillover, work satisfaction, time worked on days off, perceived work performance, and days missed for partners health. Social support was significantly positively associated with psychological distress in BCS, and work-to-family spillover was significantly associated with distress in BCS and in all participants. Family-to-work spillover had a significant negative association with work productivity in BCS, and in all participants.

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