Cultural Influences on Breast Cancer Experience: Korean Women in South Korea

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164866
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Cultural Influences on Breast Cancer Experience: Korean Women in South Korea
Author(s):
Lee, Euk
Author Details:
Euk Lee, Seoul National University, College of Nursing, Shilim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Abstract:
Women's breast cancer experiences are influenced by a number of contextual factors, one of which is culture. Despite the importance of consideration on cultural background in understanding women's breast cancer experiences, very little is known about it. The purpose of the study is to explore cultural meanings of breast cancer among Korean women in South Korea and determine cultural impacts on breast cancer experiences. Transition theory and feminist approach are used as theoretical frameworks. This is a descriptive longitudinal study utilizing methodological triangulation, and only qualitative findings are presented here. Fifty Korean patients who were newly diagnosed with a plan of surgery and subsequent chemotherapy and not having severe fatigue at the time of recruitment were recruited for the quantitative phase using a convenience sampling method; then 15 among them were recruited for the qualitative phase. Qualitative data were collected using two-hour, in-depth interviews, and analyzed using thematic analysis including line-by-line coding, categorization, inductive and deductive cognitive process, writing memos, and group discussions. The findings indicated unique impacts of Korean culture on women's breast cancer experiences. The themes included: (a) "I did wrong"; (b) "I cannot ask male physicians"; (c) "I don't want to show the operation site to my husband"; and (d) "I do household tasks by myself." The themes certainly reflected patriarchal cultural influences and modesty issues related to Confucianism. Based on the findings, some implications including consciousness-raising on patriarchal cultural impacts and its unfairness, empowerment by providing information, and encouragement of women's participation in decision making process were proposed.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Washington, D.C., USA
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCultural Influences on Breast Cancer Experience: Korean Women in South Koreaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLee, Euken_US
dc.author.detailsEuk Lee, Seoul National University, College of Nursing, Shilim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, South Koreaen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164866-
dc.description.abstractWomen's breast cancer experiences are influenced by a number of contextual factors, one of which is culture. Despite the importance of consideration on cultural background in understanding women's breast cancer experiences, very little is known about it. The purpose of the study is to explore cultural meanings of breast cancer among Korean women in South Korea and determine cultural impacts on breast cancer experiences. Transition theory and feminist approach are used as theoretical frameworks. This is a descriptive longitudinal study utilizing methodological triangulation, and only qualitative findings are presented here. Fifty Korean patients who were newly diagnosed with a plan of surgery and subsequent chemotherapy and not having severe fatigue at the time of recruitment were recruited for the quantitative phase using a convenience sampling method; then 15 among them were recruited for the qualitative phase. Qualitative data were collected using two-hour, in-depth interviews, and analyzed using thematic analysis including line-by-line coding, categorization, inductive and deductive cognitive process, writing memos, and group discussions. The findings indicated unique impacts of Korean culture on women's breast cancer experiences. The themes included: (a) "I did wrong"; (b) "I cannot ask male physicians"; (c) "I don't want to show the operation site to my husband"; and (d) "I do household tasks by myself." The themes certainly reflected patriarchal cultural influences and modesty issues related to Confucianism. Based on the findings, some implications including consciousness-raising on patriarchal cultural impacts and its unfairness, empowerment by providing information, and encouragement of women's participation in decision making process were proposed.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:08:24Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:08:24Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationWashington, D.C., USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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