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Open Access Original Research

Personality traits in women with endometrial or cervical cancer

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1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital, Umea, Sweden
2 Department of Psychiatry, Unit of Medical Psychology, University Hospital, Umea, Sweden
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 1997, 18(5), 383–386;
Published: 10 October 1997
Abstract

The objective of the study was to describe the pesonality characteristics of women with endometrial (n = 30) or cervical cancer (n = 30) and to test the hypothesis of diagnosis-specific personality profiles. The Karolinska Scales of Personality were administered at the first interview with the women before the initiation of treatment. Significant differences occurred both between the two cli­nical groups and in comparisons with healthy controls. Whereas the personality profile of the cervical group was almost identical to the controls, the endometrial group scored significantly lower on aggression scales and higher on social desirability and socialization. The findings of a normal personality profile in cervical cancer patients allow us to abandon some of the existing miscon­ceptions and encourage us to consider personality factors in the management of those patients.

Keywords
Endometrial cancer
Cervical cancer
Personality
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