Age, Social Support Indicators for Emotional Health Among Men With Cancer

A Scottish study has identified social and demographic factors that may lead to a heightened susceptibility to psychological distress for men with cancer.

Researchers from the University of St. Andrews collected data from 127 adult men (18 and older) on demographics, social support, anxiety, depression and distress. Their findings included:

  • Men who were separated or divorced had lower social support and higher levels of depression.
  • Younger men were more likely to experience higher levels of anxiety and distress.
  • Men living in poor areas also indicated more depression and anxiety.

The study adds to the growing body of research that supports identifying and addressing psychosocial distress among cancer patients.

The findings will be presented at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology in Glasgow.