Younger women's experiences of the psychosocial impact of breast cancer : diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

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dc.contributor.advisor Petersen, Inge.
dc.creator Mjadu, S'thembile Nontobeko.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-02T13:39:24Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-02T13:39:24Z
dc.date.created 2007
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10413/1649
dc.description Thesis (M.A.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2007. en_US
dc.description.abstract Using the biopsychosocial model and the Epigenetic principle, this study looked into younger women's experiences of the psychosocial impact of breast cancer at diagnosis, treatment and beyond the breast cancer experience. Case study methodology was employed and five women between the ages of 20 and 40 were interviewed on their experiences using the semi-structured approach to interviewing. The knowledge gained was analysed thematically. Results of the study revealed that breast cancer posed major psychosocial challenges for these young women as they attempted to negotiate the illness experience with the activities developmentally appropriate to their life stage. Developmentally relevant challenges were expressed in the areas of work, childrearing and partner-relationships and it was evident that spirituality and positive social support networks such as friendships and church groups played a significant role in helping individuals cope with the process, and emerge from it with an increased value for life.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Theses--Psychology. en_US
dc.subject Breast--Cancer--Patients.
dc.title Younger women's experiences of the psychosocial impact of breast cancer : diagnosis, treatment and beyond. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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