Do single people want to date a cancer survivor? A vignette study
Publication Date
March 22, 2018
Authors
Marrit Annika Tuinman, Vicky Lehmann & Mariët Hagedoorn
Volume
13
Issue
3
Pages
e0194277
DOI
https://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0194277
Publisher URL
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0194277
Scopus
85044284394
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http://www.mendeley.com/research/single-people-want-date-cancer-survivor-vignette-study
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{"title"=>"Do single people want to date a cancer survivor? A vignette study", "type"=>"journal", "authors"=>[{"first_name"=>"Marrit Annika", "last_name"=>"Tuinman", "scopus_author_id"=>"12244817200"}, {"first_name"=>"Vicky", "last_name"=>"Lehmann", "scopus_author_id"=>"37081145800"}, {"first_name"=>"Mariët", "last_name"=>"Hagedoorn", "scopus_author_id"=>"6604047405"}], "year"=>2018, "source"=>"PLoS ONE", "identifiers"=>{"issn"=>"19326203", "scopus"=>"2-s2.0-85044284394", "sgr"=>"85044284394", "pui"=>"621345594", "isbn"=>"1057-9249", "pmid"=>"71356540", "doi"=>"10.1371/journal.pone.0194277"}, "id"=>"2621c3c7-29f9-35d5-a3b6-d46a18f85352", "abstract"=>"BACKGROUND: A considerable number of young adult (40%) and middle-aged (15%) cancer patients will be single when diagnosed and will be looking for a partner after treatment. Survivors report fear of rejection from a potential partner and not knowing the best time to disclose their cancer history, which leaves them feeling insecure. We studied willingness to date a cancer survivor (CS) and desired moment of disclosure among two groups of healthy single people. METHOD: Members of two dating websites (n = 288, mean age 38) and first year university students (n = 132, mean age 19) participated in an online survey. They indicated their willingness to date a CS (yes, no) and the students were asked to indicate the best time point they would like to hear about a cancer history (before first date, on fist date, after a few dates, when being exclusive). Logistic regression analysis was done with willingness as outcome and gender (women are found to be more critical when choosing a partner), age and sample (actively dating vs. students) as possible predictors. RESULTS: In the total sample 78% (n = 329) would date a CS. The overall regression model was significant (v 2 = 15,2; p = 0.002, df = 3), and a main effect for group but not for age or gender was found. Students were 3 times more likely to want to date a cancer survivor than members of a dating website (Exp(B) = 3,3; Wald = 11,5; p =< 0.001). Students indicated they wanted to hear about the cancer history after a few dates (82%), on the first date (13%), before the first date (4%) and 1% wanted to know when dating became exclusive. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study to check whether single CSs romantic insecurities are valid. The vast majority of healthy singles would date someone who has had cancer, even though members of a dating website are less open for it than emerging adult students (irrespective of age). It might be that members are actively looking for a more steady partner and are therefore more critical to past health issues. For young adult CSs it is to be recommended to wait a while before disclosing their cancer history, as most young singles would like to hear this after a few dates. RESEARCH IMPLICATIONS: Researchers that focus on psychosocial late effects of cancer, such as self-esteem, body image and sexuality, should at best include opinions from healthy people in their studies to gain a complete view. To study willingness to date a CS more thoroughly, and to understand why some adult singles are less inclined to date a CS we recommend future experimental studies assessing reactions from healthy singles towards CSs or comparable healthy persons CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Health care workers, patient associations and other institutions who provide care or information for young cancer survivors can include practical advice on when to disclose a cancer history in romantic and social settings. They can also point out the fact that possible rejection for a date is not likely, especially when you are a young adult.", "link"=>"http://www.mendeley.com/research/single-people-want-date-cancer-survivor-vignette-study", "reader_count"=>5, "reader_count_by_academic_status"=>{"Unspecified"=>1, "Student > Doctoral Student"=>1, "Researcher"=>1, "Student > Ph. D. Student"=>1, "Student > Master"=>1}, "reader_count_by_user_role"=>{"Unspecified"=>1, "Student > Doctoral Student"=>1, "Researcher"=>1, "Student > Ph. D. Student"=>1, "Student > Master"=>1}, "reader_count_by_subject_area"=>{"Unspecified"=>1, "Business, Management and Accounting"=>1, "Psychology"=>3}, "reader_count_by_subdiscipline"=>{"Psychology"=>{"Psychology"=>3}, "Business, Management and Accounting"=>{"Business, Management and Accounting"=>1}, "Unspecified"=>{"Unspecified"=>1}}, "reader_count_by_country"=>{"Spain"=>1}, "group_count"=>0}

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