Patterns of Survivorship Among African American Women: A Life Story Analysis

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165457
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Patterns of Survivorship Among African American Women: A Life Story Analysis
Author(s):
Gallia, K.; Pines, E.
Author Details:
K. Gallia, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, USA; E. Pines
Abstract:
To provide culturally relevant care to cancer survivors, nurses must understand how the culture influences the nature of survivorship for its members. The social context and cultural identity of African Americans are linked to a unique spirituality characterized by a relational worldview that values community, justice, dignity, and self-determination. The African American Christian church has served historically as the spiritual and social center of the community, but there has been little exploration of the potential of this rich tradition as a resource for strength and coping for African American women surviving breast cancer. Purpose: The purpose of this descriptive study is to contribute to an understanding of the nature of breast cancer survivorship among African American women by investigating the following questions: What are the patterns of survivorship among African American breast cancer survivors? What cultural and spiritual influences play a significant role in these women’s survivorship stories? What are significant turning points in these stories? How do African American women construct the meaning of breast cancer survivorship over time? Theoretical/Scientific Framework: Qualitative constructivist theory, in which meaning is created by the interaction of individuals in a social environment, was selected as the framework for this study because it is congruent with the African American worldview. Methods: Fifteen African American women diagnosed with breast cancer for one to ten years that, are members of African American Christian churches in San Antonio, Texas have been recruited for the study. All interviews are being conducted and audiotaped by the secondary investigator, a long time, active member of the local African American community. Participants will be asked to describe their experiences from the time shortly before the diagnosis of breast cancer until the present in the form of self-identified chapters in a book and to describe significant events, persons, high and low points, and turning points for each chapter. Data Analysis: The investigators are using the life story analysis method described by McAdams to examine patterns of survivorship, cultural and spiritual influences, and meaning of breast cancer survivorship in these stories. Findings and Implications: Preliminary findings confirm the importance of a unique worldview and spirituality in shaping the cancer survivorship experience.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2004
Conference Name:
29th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Anaheim, California, USA
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePatterns of Survivorship Among African American Women: A Life Story Analysisen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGallia, K.en_US
dc.contributor.authorPines, E.en_US
dc.author.detailsK. Gallia, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, USA; E. Pinesen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165457-
dc.description.abstractTo provide culturally relevant care to cancer survivors, nurses must understand how the culture influences the nature of survivorship for its members. The social context and cultural identity of African Americans are linked to a unique spirituality characterized by a relational worldview that values community, justice, dignity, and self-determination. The African American Christian church has served historically as the spiritual and social center of the community, but there has been little exploration of the potential of this rich tradition as a resource for strength and coping for African American women surviving breast cancer. Purpose: The purpose of this descriptive study is to contribute to an understanding of the nature of breast cancer survivorship among African American women by investigating the following questions: What are the patterns of survivorship among African American breast cancer survivors? What cultural and spiritual influences play a significant role in these women’s survivorship stories? What are significant turning points in these stories? How do African American women construct the meaning of breast cancer survivorship over time? Theoretical/Scientific Framework: Qualitative constructivist theory, in which meaning is created by the interaction of individuals in a social environment, was selected as the framework for this study because it is congruent with the African American worldview. Methods: Fifteen African American women diagnosed with breast cancer for one to ten years that, are members of African American Christian churches in San Antonio, Texas have been recruited for the study. All interviews are being conducted and audiotaped by the secondary investigator, a long time, active member of the local African American community. Participants will be asked to describe their experiences from the time shortly before the diagnosis of breast cancer until the present in the form of self-identified chapters in a book and to describe significant events, persons, high and low points, and turning points for each chapter. Data Analysis: The investigators are using the life story analysis method described by McAdams to examine patterns of survivorship, cultural and spiritual influences, and meaning of breast cancer survivorship in these stories. Findings and Implications: Preliminary findings confirm the importance of a unique worldview and spirituality in shaping the cancer survivorship experience.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:18:53Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:18:53Z-
dc.conference.date2004en_US
dc.conference.name29th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationAnaheim, California, 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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