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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155729
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Issues Affecting Marital Interaction in Couples with Breast Cancer
Abstract:
Issues Affecting Marital Interaction in Couples with Breast Cancer
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:June, 2001
Author:Anderson, Kathryn
P.I. Institution Name:Florida International University
Title:Associate Professor
Objective: Breast cancer (BrCa) is the most common malignancy among women in the United States. One woman out of eight and an estimated 184,200 new cases of BrCa will be diagnosed in the USA in 2000 (American Cancer Society, 2000). This year approximately 41,200 women are expected to die from breast cancer. In addition to the responses of the woman patient, the family also experiences the impact and ongoing demands of the cancer diagnosis (Lewis, 1999), making cancer an illness of the family. There is a significant literature base that documents couple relationship tension and the concomitant psychosocial morbidity of the spouse/partner in both cross sectional and longitudinal studies (Hilton, 1994; Lewis & Deal, 1995; Northouse, 1995). Studies examine the distress responses of families as a result of the breast cancer, but have not directly examined the couple’s interaction about the distress. Without knowledge of what aspects of couple interaction in breast cancer create distress, couples and families will continue to be in trouble. In healthy families, couple interaction predicts marital stability or dissolution (Gottman, 1999). In couples with illness, we do not know the specifics of couple interaction that leads to marital distress, stability or dissolution. This qualitative study explores what issues impact couple interaction during breast cancer and thus, the couple relationship. Research questions are: (1) What factors related to the breast cancer impact couple interaction and thus, the couple relationship? (2) What aspects of the couple relationship influence dealing with the breast cancer? Design: Exploratory Qualitative. Population, Sample, Setting: The data are from qualitative interviews conducted in the home with six couples dealing with breast cancer and the taped focus group discussion of 3 couples about their experience of dealing with breast cancer as a couple, which was held in a community setting. Concept or Variables Studied Together or Intervention and Outcome Variables: This study focuses on the exploration of issues in breast cancer that affect couple interaction, couple relationship, and the couple’s behavioral interaction patterns when dealing with the breast cancer. Factors that impact couple interaction during breast cancer and thus, the couple relationship as well as descriptions of couple behavior patterns will be reported. Methods: Interviews were transcribed verbatim and verified 100% against the audiotapes. Opening coding was completed with constant comparative analysis performed concurrently with validity and reliability checks done to assure consistency with initial coding categories. Conclusions: Implications for research and practice will be described.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
Jun-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleIssues Affecting Marital Interaction in Couples with Breast Canceren_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155729-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Issues Affecting Marital Interaction in Couples with Breast Cancer</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">June, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Anderson, Kathryn</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Florida International University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">andersok@fiu.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: Breast cancer (BrCa) is the most common malignancy among women in the United States. One woman out of eight and an estimated 184,200 new cases of BrCa will be diagnosed in the USA in 2000 (American Cancer Society, 2000). This year approximately 41,200 women are expected to die from breast cancer. In addition to the responses of the woman patient, the family also experiences the impact and ongoing demands of the cancer diagnosis (Lewis, 1999), making cancer an illness of the family. There is a significant literature base that documents couple relationship tension and the concomitant psychosocial morbidity of the spouse/partner in both cross sectional and longitudinal studies (Hilton, 1994; Lewis &amp; Deal, 1995; Northouse, 1995). Studies examine the distress responses of families as a result of the breast cancer, but have not directly examined the couple&rsquo;s interaction about the distress. Without knowledge of what aspects of couple interaction in breast cancer create distress, couples and families will continue to be in trouble. In healthy families, couple interaction predicts marital stability or dissolution (Gottman, 1999). In couples with illness, we do not know the specifics of couple interaction that leads to marital distress, stability or dissolution. This qualitative study explores what issues impact couple interaction during breast cancer and thus, the couple relationship. Research questions are: (1) What factors related to the breast cancer impact couple interaction and thus, the couple relationship? (2) What aspects of the couple relationship influence dealing with the breast cancer? Design: Exploratory Qualitative. Population, Sample, Setting: The data are from qualitative interviews conducted in the home with six couples dealing with breast cancer and the taped focus group discussion of 3 couples about their experience of dealing with breast cancer as a couple, which was held in a community setting. Concept or Variables Studied Together or Intervention and Outcome Variables: This study focuses on the exploration of issues in breast cancer that affect couple interaction, couple relationship, and the couple&rsquo;s behavioral interaction patterns when dealing with the breast cancer. Factors that impact couple interaction during breast cancer and thus, the couple relationship as well as descriptions of couple behavior patterns will be reported. Methods: Interviews were transcribed verbatim and verified 100% against the audiotapes. Opening coding was completed with constant comparative analysis performed concurrently with validity and reliability checks done to assure consistency with initial coding categories. Conclusions: Implications for research and practice will be described.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T14:07:09Z-
dc.date.issued2001-06en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T14:07:09Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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