Oxana Palesh

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  • The Cancer and Deity Questionnaire: A New Religion and Cancer Measure JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOCIAL ONCOLOGY Bowman, E. S., Beitman, J. A., Palesh, O., Perez, J. E., Koopman, C. 2009; 27 (4): 435-453


    We evaluated a new measure, the Cancer and Deity Questionnaire (CDQ), which assesses perceived relations with God after a cancer diagnosis. Based on object relations theory, the 12-item CDQ assesses benevolent and abandoning God representations. Sixty-one older participants with recent cancer diagnoses completed the questionnaire at baseline, and 52 of these participants completed the same questionnaire at follow-up. Internal consistency was excellent for the Benevolence scale (alpha = .97) and good for the Abandonment scale (alpha = .80). Moderate correlations with the Spiritual Well-Being Scale support divergent validity. Correlations between CDQ scales and the Styles of Religious Coping scales support convergent validity. The CDQ is brief, easily scored, practical for psycho-oncology research, and adaptable for use with other illnesses.

    View details for DOI 10.1080/07347330903181913

    View details for Web of Science ID 000270592800004

    View details for PubMedID 19813134

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