Communicating resilience: predictors and outcomes of dyadic communication resilience processes among both cancer patients and cancer partners

Maria K. Venetis, Skye M. Chernichky-Karcher, Helen M. Lillie

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Abstract

The communication theory of resilience describes five communication processes that serve to promote resilience. This research examines predictors and outcomes of the five resilience processes. This study examines pathways between communication efficacy and relational quality to dyadic communicative resilience processes and from these processes to outcomes of health management and evaluations of dyadic coping. Participants (N = 584) include cancer patients (n = 312) and partners of cancer patients (n = 272). Structural equation analyses revealed that for both patients and partners, increased communication efficacy positively predicts the majority of the communication resilience processes and increased relational quality positively predicts all processes. Although many of the resilience processes are positively associated with increased health management and evaluations of dyadic coping, one process was negatively associated with both study outcomes. Implications, limitations, and future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-69
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Applied Communication Research
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics

Keywords

  • cancer communication
  • communication theory of resilience
  • dyadic communicative resilience scale
  • Patient/partner communication
  • resilience

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