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Exploring global meaning in Greek breast cancer patients: validation of the Life Attitude Profile-Revised (LAP-R) / Fotios Anagnostopoulos; Julie Slater; Deborah Fitzsimmons; Philippa Kolokotroni
Psycho-Oncology, Volume: 20, Issue: 4, Pages: 419 - 427
Swansea University Author: Slater, Julie
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Objective:The aim of this study was to examine the factor structure and psychometric properties of the Life Attitude Profile - Revised (LAP-R) among a sample of Greek breast cancer patients and to test the fit of a structured equationmodel with one latent factor underlying the measured LAP-R dimensi...
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Objective:The aim of this study was to examine the factor structure and psychometric properties of the Life Attitude Profile - Revised (LAP-R) among a sample of Greek breast cancer patients and to test the fit of a structured equationmodel with one latent factor underlying the measured LAP-R dimensions.Methods: 153 patients with breast cancer completed the LAP-R. Convergent validity was assessed by examining the correlation between the LAP-R subscales and measures of perceived stress, intrusiveness, mental health and coping styles. Known-groups validity was also assessed. Results: Principal axis factor analysis with promax rotation yielded four factors: purpose-coherence-vacuum, choice, death acceptance and goal seeking. Internal consistency reliability of the subscales and convergent validity of the LAP-R was satisfactory. LAP-R was able to detect differences in meaning between different age groups. Confrimatory factor analyssi provided support for a single-factor model including a latent meaning-variable indicated by the observed subscales.Conclusions: The LAP-R is a relaible and valid measure of global meaning in life, when administered to breast cancer patients. Use of the LAP-R in evaluating meaning-centered psychotherapy interventions for patients with cancer is emphasised.
cancer; oncology; global meaning; breast cancer; LAP-R
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