Sense of coherence and coping styles in women after hysterectomy
Affiliation and adress for correspondence

Katedra Pielęgniarstwa i Położnictwa, Zakład Teorii Pielęgniarstwa CM w Bydgoszczy, UMK Toruń.
Kierownik: dr n. med. Mirosława Felsmann
Correspondance to: Dr n. med. Kurowska Krystyna, Katedra Pielęgniarstwa i Położnictwa, Zakład Teorii Pielęgniarstwa CM
w Bydgoszczy, UMK Toruń, ul. Techników 3, 85-801 Bydgoszcz, tel.: 52 585 21 94, e-mail:
Source of financing: Department own sources

CURR. GYNECOL. ONCOL. 2013, 11 (1), p. 42–54
DOI: 10.15557/CGO.2013.0004

Introduction: Stress associated with inevitable hysterectomy affects an ever increasing number of women. A person’s ability to cope depends on individual predisposition which is closely related to sense of coherence (SOC) and individual coping style. Aim of paper: To define possible associations between SOC level and type of coping style in women after hysterectomy as a determinant of recovery and successful functioning in society and family. Material and methods: Analysis encompassed data of 97 women after hysterectomy, treated at the Department of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Pathology of Gestation at Dr Emil Warmiński Memorial Hospital, Bydgoszcz. SOC was assessed by Antonovsky SOC-29 questionnaire and effectiveness of coping was measured by Endler and Parker CISS questionnaire, in its Polish version developed by Szczepaniak, Strelau and Wrześniewski. Results: SOC score was within average limits (134.46 pts). High scores were noticed in the area of resourcefulness. Most patients presented “task-oriented” and “emotional” styles of coping with health problems. Patients with higher global SOC level usually resorted to task-oriented coping style while those with lower SOC level mostly resorted to emotional style. Conclusions: our results may be used to develop psychoeducational programs and to plan care of women at different stages of their treatment.

Keywords: hysterectomy, sense of coherence, coping styles, stress, acceptance of disease