Decision making for mothers with cancer: Maintaining the mother-child bond

作者: 刊名:European Journal of Oncology Nursing 上传者:肖燕

【摘要】PurposeThe objective of this study was to explore the process of decision-making in mothers with cancer when they are mothering young children. The purpose of this article is to describe the core category that emerged from the study as well as the conditions precipitating decision making and the consequences of decision making for mothers with cancer.Methods and sampleA qualitative methodology based on the tenets of constructivist grounded theory was used to conduct ten interviews with eight mothers with cancer.Key resultsData analysis revealed the core category, the conditions of the decision situation as well as the consequences of decision making. The core category was the meaning that mothers made of decisions, specifically that each decision was made to maintain the mother-child bond. The conditions of the mothers' lives influenced the meaning mothers assigned to decisions. The consequences of decision making were displayed by these mothers through coping strategies to facilitate maintaining the mother-child bond in times of distress.ConclusionsThe conditions of the mothers' lives created a context in which mothers made meaning of decisions. Mothers aimed to maintain their bonds with their children in the decision making process and used various coping strategies as a consequence to distress from decisional situations. The results have implications for future decision making research in cancer care.

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European Journal of Oncology Nursing 17 (2013) 261e268 at SciVerse ScienceDirectContents lists availableEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing journal homepage: www.elsevier .com/locate/ejonDecision making for mothers with cancer: Maintaining the motherechild bond Heather J. Campbell-Enns a,*, Roberta L. Woodgate b,c a Interdisciplinary Cancer Control Program, Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, Helen Glass Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2, Canada bManitoba Health Research Council, Canada c Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2, CanadaKeywords: Oncology Cancer Decision making Mothering Maternal cancer Psychosocial Meaning making Coping* Corresponding author. Tel.: þ1 204 488 1217; fax E-mail addresses: hcampbellenns@gmail.com (H Woodgate@umanitoba.ca (R.L. Woodgate). 1462-3889/$ e see front matter  2012 Elsevier Ltd. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2012.07.006a b s t r a c t Purpose: The objective of this study was to explore the process of decision-making in mothers with cancer when they are mothering young children. The purpose of this article is to describe the core category that emerged from the study as well as the conditions precipitating decision making and the consequences of decision making for mothers with cancer. Methods and sample: A qualitative methodology based on the tenets of constructivist grounded theory was used to conduct ten interviews with eight mothers with cancer. Key results: Data analysis revealed the core c

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