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Coping and adjustment in men with prostate cancer: a systematic review of qualitative studies

Spendelow, J, Joubert, Eli, Lee, Haymond and Fairhurst, Bryony (2017) Coping and adjustment in men with prostate cancer: a systematic review of qualitative studies Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 12 (2). pp. 155-168.

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Prostate cancer (PCa) is one of the most common forms of cancer amongst males. Men’s coping responses are an important determinant of functioning and adjustment to this disease. Previous qualitative research exists in this area, but the current review sought to systematically review and summarise these studies.


A systematic review was conducted to identify studies concerned with men’s coping strategies in their attempts to live with PCa. A search of relevant electronic databases was conducted to identify studies that met inclusion criteria for this review. Methodological quality assessment was also undertaken for each included study.


One hundred twenty-one publications were identified for initial screening, and 18 studies were included in the review. A total of five coping strategy categories or ‘meta-themes’ were identified across included studies. These categories were labelled ‘avoidance, minimisation, and withdrawal’, ‘directing cognition and attention’, ‘reframing masculinity and seeking support’, ‘retain pre-illness identity and lifestyle’, and ‘symptom/side-effect management’.


A range of coping strategies were reported by men with PCa. Some of these strategies appear to be partially influenced by gender roles and masculinities. Coping meta-themes reported in this review have also been found in other research on men’s coping. Strategies relating to flexible interpretation of gender roles/masculinities may be a particularly relevant category of coping responses due to the hypothesised beneficial impact of flexibility on psychological well-being.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Spendelow, J
Date : 23 October 2017
DOI : 10.1007/s11764-017-0654-8
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2017. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Prostate cancer Coping Adjustment Well-being Systematic review
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 27 Feb 2018 16:38
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 19:08

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