The aim of this study is to explore the psychological distress in cancer patients and to identify the influence of family relationship on it. We hypothesize the presence of positive correlation between level of anxiety and depression with parental bond; we also assume that the level of family involvement influences psychological status of the patient. The sample is made up of fifty terminal cancer ills, aged between 39-79 years old. They completed: Middlesex Hospital Questionnaire, Parental Bonding Instrument, Demetra Test, Patient Dignity Inventory. The results show that the paternal bond affect anxiety levels, obsessional traits, depression, and the tendency to somatize. This study is important for a better understanding of long-term survivors’ quality of life.
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