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Theoretical Perspectives on Gender and Gender-Related Processes in Adjustment to Cancer 

Theoretical Perspectives on Gender and Gender-Related Processes in Adjustment to Cancer
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Theoretical Perspectives on Gender and Gender-Related Processes in Adjustment to Cancer
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Emma E. Bright

, and Annette L. Stanton

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190462253.003.0002
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date: 15 December 2019

Chronic diseases are the leading causes of mortality worldwide. Their prevalence and disruptive potential warrant an understanding of the factors that influence adjustment to chronic illness. Gender and gender-related processes play an important role in psychosocial and physical adjustment to chronic disease. In this chapter, the authors summarize theoretical frameworks relevant to the role of gender in adjustment to chronic illness, with a particular focus on the experience of cancer. Although theoretically guided research is limited, theoretical frameworks suggest promising avenues of inquiry for characterizing the role of gender and adjustment to cancer and the development of associated interventions.

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