Participants were asked to indicate basic demographic information before they were randomized to the healthy or cancer condition see Table 1column experiment 2. Partnered people on active cancer treatment adapt better both physically and psychologically as compared to those without a partner [ 3 — 13 ]. Foster RH, Stern M. When young adult survivors start dating a new romantic partner, they can expect that others would prefer them to disclose this early on, specifically after a few dates. Any critical attitudes or socially undesirable thoughts would have had more room in our design because the people who were judged were not physically present.
Survivors specifically worry about negative reactions from potential partners toward their appearance and fear rejections, making the disclosure of their cancer history more difficult [ 21 — 24 ].
Back in the game: Dating after cancer
In the middle of the profile, the manipulation was presented. Psychosocial adjustment after testicular cancer treatment. How individuals think about starting a relationship with someone who has had cancer is unknown, but we do know that people have a tendency to react negatively to others who are ill or disabled. Mate preferences do predict attraction and choices in the early stages of mate selection. Cancer survivors who completed treatment can expect the same success in finding a date than people without a cancer history, and can wait until after a few dates to disclose.