Moderating Effect of Agreeableness on Coping Among Cancer Survivors: A Longitudinal Analysis

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The current study examined interactions among Agreeableness, problem-focused coping (PFC), and emotional expression in predicting purpose in life and self-acceptance. The sample included 345 cancer survivors, who participated in the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) studies II and III. We found three-way interactions after statistically controlling for sex, age, level of educational attainment, years since cancer diagnosis, previous levels of purpose in life and self-acceptance, and the Big Five personality traits. Results indicate that, depending on the levels of Agreeableness, the effect of utilizing PFC and emotional expression after a cancer may vary.

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