The diagnosis of cancer is often associated with a host of negative emotional responses, including depressed mood. Social support and quality of life were used to predict depression in a sample of older male cancer patients. Depression was found to be a common, but not universal, reaction to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Almost 40% of subjects reported symptoms of moderate depression and nearly one fifth produced scores indicative of clinical depression. A stepwise multiple regression analysis revealed that our social support and quality of life measures accounted for 31.5% of the variance in total Beck Depression Inventory scores. Quality of life accounted for more of the variance in depression than did social support
Predictors of depression among male cancer patients
Godding, PR., McAnulty, RD., Wittrock, DA., DiBenedetti, D., & Khansur, T. (1995). Predictors of depression among male cancer patients. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 183(2), 95-98.