ABSTRACT: Breast cancer: reactions of Israeli men to their wives'
The purpose of this research was to describe Israeli husbands'
reactions to their wives' diagnosis of breast cancer.
descriptive, preliminary study employed a convenience sample
of 20 men and investigated their perception of the information
they received, their psychosocial responses, the effects on their
marital relationship, and their perceived spousal social support.
The study instruments included the Locke Wallace Marital Adjustment
Scale, the Psychosocial Adjustment to Illness Scale, and a Social
This subject has not been researched in
Israel previously. Husbands voiced total trust in the health-care
delivery system, even though they reported a need for more information
on the disease, treatment, and issues concerning their marital
Husbands had difficulties with their day-to-day
activities, and almost half of them cited problems both at work
and at home. They described stress, including depression and
sleep disturbances. They reported changes in their sexual interest
and sexual functioning as well.
In general, husbands felt the
support of their wives.
Husbands whose wives have breast cancer
need a network of support to address their specific issues and
The Breast Care Clinical Nurse Specialist is cited
as being a pivotal component of such a support network.
[09/24/2002; European Journal of Oncology Nursing]
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