Moriah Horn

Date on Senior Honors Thesis


Document Type

Senior Honors Thesis


Psychological and Brain Sciences

Degree Program

College of Arts and Sciences

Author's Keywords

Lung Cancer; Coping; Emotional Growth; Trauma; Gender


The objective of this study was to explore the relationship of prior traumatic history, coping styles, and post-traumatic emotional growth in participants diagnosed with lung cancer. Participants (n = 40) completed baseline questionnaire packets as part of their initial entry into the ongoing study “Understanding the Prognostic Significance of Circadian Disruption in Lung Cancer.” Linear hierarchal regressions adjusted age at diagnosis, stage, and household income. Analyses revealed no relationship between traumatic history and post-traumatic emotional growth. However, lung cancer patients who endorsed active coping styles were significantly more likely to report post-traumatic emotional growth. Secondary analyses revealed this relationship appeared to be driven by data from subjects of male gender. The encouraging nature of this finding has potential clinical implications, including contributing to the knowledge that coping styles have a relationship with potential emotional growth in a traumatic event and promotion of active coping in therapeutic settings.

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