J Korean Clin Nurs Res.  2019 Dec;25(3):265-274. 10.22650/JKCNR.2019.25.3.265.

Effects of Psychological Acceptance and Social Support on Posttraumatic Growth in Stomach Cancer Patients

  • 1RN, Department of Nursing, Seoul National University Hospital· Doctoral Student, College of Nursing, Ewha Womans University, Korea. whgusal2580@naver.com


The purpose of this study was to identify the effects of psychological acceptance and social support on posttraumatic growth in stomach cancer patients.
The questionnaires were administered from January 14 to February 11, 2015 to 123 subjects who had stomach cancer surgery six months prior. SPSS statistics 21.0 software was used to analyze the data for t-test, ANOVA, Pearson's correlations, Scheffé test and multiple regression analysis.
The results of this study are as follows: The major factors related to posttraumatic growth included gender (t=−2.72, p=.007), age (r=−.21, p=.016), having a religion (t=−3.40, p<.001), perceived importance of religion (r=.43, p<.001), seriousness of cancer diagnosis (r=.25, p=.005) and impact of cancer diagnosis (r=.32, p<.001). There were significant relationships between psychological acceptance (r=.18, p=.041) and social support (r=.32, p<.001) on posttraumatic growth. Significantly influential factors of posttraumatic growth were age (β=−.19, p=.021), perceived importance of religion (β=.41, p<.001) and family support (β=.29, p<.001), which together accounted for 36.5% of the variance in posttraumatic growth.
The result of current study indicated that age, importance of religion, and family support influenced posttraumatic growth. Based on the findings of this study, developing nursing intervention programs focusing on increasing posttraumatic growth in stomach cancer patients is recommended.


Posttraumatic Growth; Psychological Acceptance; Social Support
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