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The impact of breast cancer on mother-child relationships in Korea

Authors
 Sue Kim  ;  Yun Hee Ko  ;  Eun Young Jun 
Citation
 Psycho-Oncology, Vol.21(6) : 640-646, 2012 
Journal Title
 Psycho-Oncology 
ISSN
 1057-9249 
Issue Date
2012
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: For families with dependent children, the situational crisis of a cancer diagnosis may compound the developmental task of parenting. This study aimed to explore the impact of breast cancer on Korean mothers and their children following diagnosis. METHODS: Korean women diagnosed with breast cancer at 50 years or younger more than a year ago were recruited by posting announcements at a breast cancer clinic and through referrals and snowball sampling. A one-time in-depth interview ranging from 60 to 90 min was conducted and data were transcribed verbatim for content analysis. RESULTS: Five themes emerged from the data: (1) The delicate balance of being able to focus on self, which also was a conflicting factor in their relationship with children; (2) The continuing challenge of taking care of children, which was closely linked to supports, health condition, and cultural notions of parenting and lingering stigma; (3) The importance of informing children in a timely manner; (4) An overall shift in attitudes towards raising children as independent beings; and (5) Relinquishing and re-envisioning the future for their children and themselves. CONCLUSIONS: Breast cancer brings new challenges in mother-child relationships with culturally framed issues. Findings can guide healthcare providers in giving relevant anticipatory guidance for women diagnosed with breast cancer and in considering family-focused psychosocial and behavioral interventions for families with breast cancer.
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/91768
DOI
10.1002/pon.1941
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1. Journal Papers (연구논문) > 3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과)
Yonsei Authors
고윤희(Ko, Yun Hee)
김수(Kim, Sue)
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