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The contribution of spirituality and spiritual coping to anxiety and depression in women with a recent diagnosis of gynecological cancer
  2. D. M. CLARKE*,
  3. T. W. JOBLING and
  4. M. A. QUINN
  1. *Department of Psychological Medicine and General Practice, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  2. †Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Australia
  3. ‡Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Oncology Unit, Melbourne University, Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
  1. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Nadia Boscaglia, Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Rd., Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia. Email: nadia.boscaglia{at}


The objective of this study was to determine whether, after accounting for illness and demographic variables, spiritual involvement and beliefs and positive and negative spiritual coping could account for any of the variation in anxiety and depression among women within 1 year's diagnosis of gynecological cancer (GC). One hundred patients from outpatient GC clinics at two Melbourne-based hospitals completed a brief structured interview and self-report measures of anxiety, depression, spirituality, and spiritual coping. Using two sequential regression analyses, we found that younger women with more advanced disease, who used more negative spiritual coping, had a greater tendency towards depression and that the use of negative spiritual coping was associated with greater anxiety scores. Although not statistically significant, patients with lower levels of generalized spirituality also tended to be more depressed. The site of disease and phase of treatment were not predictive of either anxiety or depression. We conclude that spirituality and spiritual coping are important to women with GC and that health professionals in the area should consider these issues.

  • anxiety
  • coping
  • depression
  • gynecological cancer
  • spirituality

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