The Influence of Culture, Social, and Religious Support on Well-Being in Breast Cancer Survivorship

Cureus. 2021 Mar 28;13(3):e14158. doi: 10.7759/cureus.14158.


Objective Latina and African American breast cancer survivors (BCS) are affected by health disparities that have negatively impacted their health outcomes and quality of life more than other BCS. Examining the relationships among social support, culture, and well-being in underserved groups may help clarify critical factors that influence health disparities in cancer survivors. Methodology Ethnic salience (impact of ethnicity on identity), religious support, social support, and well-being were examined in African American and Latina breast cancer survivors using archival data. Participants included 320 breast cancer survivors (28% African American and 72% Latina) ranging from 26-89 years old and one to five years post breast cancer diagnosis. Results Ethnic salience was positively associated with well-being (p < .001). African American breast cancer survivors endorsed greater well-being, social support, religious support, and ethnic salience than Latinas (ps < .05). Religious support was associated with well-being even after controlling for the effects of general social support [ΔR 2 = .02, p = .005; F(5, 298) = 23.67]. Conclusion Ethnic salience and religious support are important factors in understanding health disparities and should inform survivorship care plans for underserved populations.

PMID:33936871 | PMC:PMC8078221 | DOI:10.7759/cureus.14158