"We Cannot Have any Negativity": A secondary analysis of expectancies for the experience of emotion among women with gynecologic cancer

J Health Psychol. 2022 Jan;27(1):47-57. doi: 10.1177/1359105320942863. Epub 2020 Jul 21.


This study aimed to elucidate whether gynecologic cancer patients and their support persons have certain expectancies for emotion and whether these expectancies, if they exist, affect cancer-related communication. Semi-structured interviews (N = 34) were conducted separately with 18 patients and one of their support persons (n = 16). Thematic analysis revealed a subset of patients and support persons expected patients to not have any negative emotions, which patients also reported they perceived from support persons, and that these expectancies could affect cancer-related communication. These results have implications and can facilitate appropriate recommendations for how cancer patients and support persons co-manage patients' emotions.

Keywords: cancer; communication; emotions; qualitative methods; social support.

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Emotions*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms*