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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165509
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
THE MEANING OF MOTHERHOOD IN ADOLESCENTS WHOSE MOTHERS HAVE BREAST CANCER
Author(s):
Clemmens, Donna
Author Details:
Donna Clemmens, PhD, RN, New York University, Division of Nursing, New York, New York, USA
Abstract:
The potential burden of living with mothers’ breast cancer presents adolescents with potentially devastating life experiences. The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of adolescents from their perspective, in living with and communicating about their mothers’ diagnosis of breast cancer. While research provides an initial picture of adolescent depression and worries, few studies include the adolescents' descriptions of their experience. An interpretive phenomenological philosophy and method guided the data collection and analysis. Purposive sampling identified a mixed race sample of 11 girls and boys between 13 to 19 years of age, whose mothers were diagnosed with breast cancer within the past 2 years. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with the participants regarding their experiences as both adolescents and children. Data collection continued until thematic redundancy was determined both in interview transcripts and through other data sources. Study rigor was established by considering the credibility, auditability, and fittingness of the data through consultations with both methodological and content experts in the field. Major themes emerged from the findings highlighting the uniqueness and significance of "MOM" having breast cancer. A "Life Unraveled" uncovered stressful feelings in the adolescents especially during initial diagnosis and maternal treatments for cancer, because it was Mom that was ill. Many of the adolescents "Learned To Be with Mom" in a different way when Mom was increasingly fatigued. "Turning to Self" included being strong for Mom, and coping by emersion in music, homework and activities. "Needing to Normalize" was a call by adolescents to be able to be adolescent children again with Mom there as Mom and not just as a patient. Finally, "Talking Out Openly" highlighted the need by adolescents to be included in all family discussions about Mom's cancer in an open, honest manner. These research findings were used to develop an RO3 submission, developing a supportive care program for adolescent children whose mothers have breast cancer. Implications for practice and education include a call to help adolescents and mothers reframe their relationship around the cancer to foster both a growth in their relationship, and, for the adolescents, to promote their psychosocial development.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2005
Conference Name:
30th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Orlando, Florida, USA
Sponsors:
Funding Sources: Funded by the ONS Foundation through an unrestricted grant from Genentech, Inc.
Note:
This 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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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTHE MEANING OF MOTHERHOOD IN ADOLESCENTS WHOSE MOTHERS HAVE BREAST CANCERen_GB
dc.contributor.authorClemmens, Donnaen_US
dc.author.detailsDonna Clemmens, PhD, RN, New York University, Division of Nursing, New York, New York, USAen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165509-
dc.description.abstractThe potential burden of living with mothers’ breast cancer presents adolescents with potentially devastating life experiences. The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of adolescents from their perspective, in living with and communicating about their mothers’ diagnosis of breast cancer. While research provides an initial picture of adolescent depression and worries, few studies include the adolescents' descriptions of their experience. An interpretive phenomenological philosophy and method guided the data collection and analysis. Purposive sampling identified a mixed race sample of 11 girls and boys between 13 to 19 years of age, whose mothers were diagnosed with breast cancer within the past 2 years. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with the participants regarding their experiences as both adolescents and children. Data collection continued until thematic redundancy was determined both in interview transcripts and through other data sources. Study rigor was established by considering the credibility, auditability, and fittingness of the data through consultations with both methodological and content experts in the field. Major themes emerged from the findings highlighting the uniqueness and significance of "MOM" having breast cancer. A "Life Unraveled" uncovered stressful feelings in the adolescents especially during initial diagnosis and maternal treatments for cancer, because it was Mom that was ill. Many of the adolescents "Learned To Be with Mom" in a different way when Mom was increasingly fatigued. "Turning to Self" included being strong for Mom, and coping by emersion in music, homework and activities. "Needing to Normalize" was a call by adolescents to be able to be adolescent children again with Mom there as Mom and not just as a patient. Finally, "Talking Out Openly" highlighted the need by adolescents to be included in all family discussions about Mom's cancer in an open, honest manner. These research findings were used to develop an RO3 submission, developing a supportive care program for adolescent children whose mothers have breast cancer. Implications for practice and education include a call to help adolescents and mothers reframe their relationship around the cancer to foster both a growth in their relationship, and, for the adolescents, to promote their psychosocial development.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:19:55Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:19:55Z-
dc.conference.date2005en_US
dc.conference.name30th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationOrlando, Florida, USAen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipFunding Sources: Funded by the ONS Foundation through an unrestricted grant from Genentech, Inc.-
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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