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Att som förälder få en cancersjukdom: erfarenheter av föräldraansvar
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.
2004 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Karolinska University Press , 2004. , 72 p.
National Category
Cancer and Oncology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-151OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-151DiVA: diva2:320300
Public defence
(English)
Available from: 2010-05-24 Created: 2010-05-24 Last updated: 2011-04-06Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Transforming the Exhausting to Energizing Process of Being A Good Parent in the Face of Cancer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transforming the Exhausting to Energizing Process of Being A Good Parent in the Face of Cancer
2000 (English)In: Health Care for Women International, ISSN 0739-9332, E-ISSN 1096-4665, Vol. 21, no 6, 485-499 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim in this study was to gain a deeper understanding of the interaction between women who have been treated for breast cancer and their children. The focus was on how they deal with being a mother at the same time attending to their own needs. The main strategies of the grounded theory method were used to conceptualize the interactive process involved. Nine women, with children aged 4 to 23, living at home at the time of diagnosis, were interviewed. By the process of constant comparative analysis, the main theme that seemed to capture how the lives of these women had changed was transforming the exhausting-to-energizing process in being a good parent in the face of cancer. This theme is related to Meleis's concept of health–illness transition. The findings here indicate the need for family counseling, with special attention paid to the single parent with cancer.

National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-28 (URN)11235281 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2010-04-27 Created: 2010-04-27 Last updated: 2011-04-06Bibliographically approved
2. Men with cancer: Changes in attempts to master the self-image as a man and as a parent
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Men with cancer: Changes in attempts to master the self-image as a man and as a parent
2002 (English)In: Cancer Nursing, ISSN 0162-220X, E-ISSN 1538-9804, Vol. 25, no 6, 477-85 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Little is known about men's experience of how cancer affects their role as a father. The aim of this study was to gain an understanding of changes in these men's everyday family lives. The study had an interpretative descriptive design, utilizing the concept of transition as a fore structure. Eight men with different types of blood cancer and with children living at home were recruited for the study. Interviews, guided by the main components of the concept of transition, provided qualitative data for analysis. Through the interpretative process, the central theme--change in self-image as a man and as a parent--was generated. This theme consists of the subthemes gaining control, balancing emotions, subjective well-being, being open or not toward the family, and challenges in family life and to family well-being. The time after diagnosis influenced the process of transition. Self-image changes are more obvious shortly after diagnosis. Further study is needed to identify how nurses and other clinicians can assess the family's needs and support the parental role, especially in consideration of the findings of this study.

National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-27 (URN)12464840 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2010-04-27 Created: 2010-04-27 Last updated: 2011-04-06Bibliographically approved
3. Experience of Dealing with Moral Responsibility as a Mother with Cancer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Experience of Dealing with Moral Responsibility as a Mother with Cancer
2005 (English)In: Nursing Ethics, ISSN 0969-7330, E-ISSN 1477-0989, Vol. 12, no 3, 253-262 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explored how women with a diagnosis of cancer (lymphoma) deal with moral concerns related to their responsibility as parents. Ten women with cancer and who had children living at home were interviewed. The interviews were analysed according to the constant comparative method used in grounded theory. In order to provide a focus for the analysis, the ethics of care and the concept of mothering were used as sensitizing concepts. The core concept 'experience of dealing with moral responsibility of being a parent with cancer by redefining oneself as a mother' was identified. The processes involved were: interrupted mothering; facing the life-threatening illness and children's reactions; striving to be a good mother; attempting to deal with moral responsibility; and coming to terms with being a mother.

National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-26 (URN)10.1191/0969733005ne787oa (DOI)
Available from: 2010-04-27 Created: 2010-04-27 Last updated: 2011-04-06Bibliographically approved
4. Being a Mother With Cancer: achieving a Sense of Balance in the Transition Process
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Being a Mother With Cancer: achieving a Sense of Balance in the Transition Process
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2008 (English)In: Cancer Nursing, ISSN 0162-220X, E-ISSN 1538-9804, Vol. 31, no 1, 58-66 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

For women with cancer and with children living at home, the demands of being a good mother while undergoing treatments and recovering from illness have been described as a difficult life process. The aim of this study was to further examine the transition process with focus on women's experience of their responsibility toward their children. Interviews from 2 previous studies investigating the transition process of women with cancer were gathered and were subjected to a qualitative secondary analysis, an analytic expansion of the transition process. The 3 phases in the transition process were used in an interpretive description: ending an earlier life situation, in-between, and new beginning. A main theme that integrated these phases was constructed: "the desire to manage ones responsibility as a parent," within the context of mothering. The women expressed moral concern about not being able to function as "good" mothers yet attempted to find a balance between experiences of exhaustion and other experiences that made it difficult to maintain their responsibility as parents. All of the women included in this study expressed the need for professional support to help them endure treatment procedures as well as to sustain their moral responsibility as good mothers.

National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-22 (URN)10.1097/01.NCC.0000305677.90963.67 (DOI)18176133 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2010-04-21 Created: 2010-04-21 Last updated: 2016-04-15Bibliographically approved

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