Introduction: one of the important topic in the field of health psychology is the personality characteristics of individuals suffering from cancer. The present research aims at comparing type C personality, locus of control, and hardiness in patients suffering from cancer and healthy people.
Method: 60 patients from Tehran institute of cancer (Tehran Imam Khomeini hospital) AND 60 normal individuals from university staff members were selected using intact sampling and random sampling methods respectively. The type C personality, locus of control and hardiness tests were administrated.
Results: Significantly higher Type C personality and Locus of control scores, as well as lower level of hardiness were found for women and men with cancer disease.
Conclusions: Patients with cancer disease tend to show a type C personality character, an external locus of control and a lower hardiness than normal people