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Title: The psychosocial experiences of survivors with breast cancer
Researcher: Vijayan, Asha
Guide(s): Juvva, Srilatha
Keywords: Breast cancer
Social Work
Upload Date: 29-Aug-2012
University: Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Completed Date: 30/11/2011
Abstract: The proposed study tries to contextualize the lived experience breast cancer in the personal as well as interpersonal life of married women in Kerala, India. The study is aimed at building a grounded theory which reflects field reality. Thus the study will have its contribution in two dimensions. The in-depth analysis of the experiences of the patients will enhance the knowledge base in the field of Psycho-Oncology, which will help address the psycho-social aspects of treatment. Contextualizing the experiences of breast cancer can be used for developing a culturally sensitive intervention package for helping women in similar social context. To understand the psychosocial experience of coping with breast cancer, I used Susan Folkman and Richard Lazarus s (Folkman and Lazarus 1980, 1988; Folkman 1984; Lazarus and Folkman 1984; Lazarus 2006) stress and coping theory as the conceptual framework guiding the study to contextualize the lived experience of the study participants. The research design is exploratory in nature. It seeks to find out how women move along in the experience of breast cancer, what meanings they give to their actions, and what issues concern them. It helps us understand and explore the experiences of women with breast cancer. Since this research is based on Grounded Theory approach, I used theoretical sampling method (Glaser and Strauss, 1967) for data collection. A total of thirty two participants (with divergence in age, religion, education, stage of diagnosis, occupation, number of children and economic background) enriched the study with their lived experience of breast cancer. The researcher used in-depth (unstructured open-ended) interviews and observation for data collection. The interviews were conducted at participants homes except for one which is conducted at hospice in which she was admitted. The interview transcripts were read line-by-line and paragraph-by-paragraph and were coded for anything and everything that seems potentially relevant.
Pagination: xii, 376p.
Appears in Departments:School of Social Work

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