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När en förälder får cancer - familjen sedd ur ett resilienceperspektiv

Cronholm Nouicer, Malena LU (2010) SOAM01 20101
School of Social Work
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ABSTRACT
Author: Malena Cronholm-Nouicer
Title: When a parent gets cancer – the family viewed from a resilience perspective (translated title)
Supervisor: Bodil Rasmusson
Assessor: Mats Hilte

The aim of this study was to examine how parents describe family members´ experiences when a parent suffers from cancer, how the family has dealt with the situation, how the parents describe the access to support and what factors promote or obstruct family resilience. Totally six qualitative interviews, with parents suffering from cancer and their partner, if any, were carried out. I have used the concept of resilience with focus on family resilience when analyzing the material. Parents described both family members who shared emotions openly... (More)
ABSTRACT
Author: Malena Cronholm-Nouicer
Title: When a parent gets cancer – the family viewed from a resilience perspective (translated title)
Supervisor: Bodil Rasmusson
Assessor: Mats Hilte

The aim of this study was to examine how parents describe family members´ experiences when a parent suffers from cancer, how the family has dealt with the situation, how the parents describe the access to support and what factors promote or obstruct family resilience. Totally six qualitative interviews, with parents suffering from cancer and their partner, if any, were carried out. I have used the concept of resilience with focus on family resilience when analyzing the material. Parents described both family members who shared emotions openly and others who had difficulties showing so called negative feelings, for example anxiety and anger, in the family. A fear for death was a current theme in the families and it seemed like the communication in the family influenced how the children reacted on body changes of the ill parent. The parents who lived in a relationship with each other described both positive and negative changes in their relation caused by the cancer. A couple of parents described circumstances which can be connected with earlier trauma. Parents described changes in perspectives and how they made meaning of the adversity. Many parents used some kind of spirituality and a positive outlook to deal with the hard situation. Humor and playfulness were also mentioned as helping factors for the family. The majority of the parents described that they tried to talk to the children about the cancer and its causes but in the same time many parents addressed an uncertainty about what way was best to talk and explain things to the children. Parents described very varied access to support both from extended family, social network and professionals. The support from extended family and social network were described as very important and families with little support from extended family sometimes tried to compensate it with support from social network. Many parents were content with the medical care from doctors and nurses but in general parents lacked psychological support for themselves and the children. A single parent with little support from extended family and social network described great difficulties in getting practical help from society for the children during treatment.

Keyword: parental cancer, family, children, resilience, family resilience (Less)
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Cronholm Nouicer, Malena LU
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SOAM01 20101
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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parental cancer, family, resilience, children, family resilience
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Swedish
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  abstract     = {ABSTRACT
Author: Malena Cronholm-Nouicer
Title: When a parent gets cancer – the family viewed from a resilience perspective (translated title)
Supervisor: Bodil Rasmusson
Assessor: Mats Hilte

The aim of this study was to examine how parents describe family members´ experiences when a parent suffers from cancer, how the family has dealt with the situation, how the parents describe the access to support and what factors promote or obstruct family resilience. Totally six qualitative interviews, with parents suffering from cancer and their partner, if any, were carried out. I have used the concept of resilience with focus on family resilience when analyzing the material. Parents described both family members who shared emotions openly and others who had difficulties showing so called negative feelings, for example anxiety and anger, in the family. A fear for death was a current theme in the families and it seemed like the communication in the family influenced how the children reacted on body changes of the ill parent. The parents who lived in a relationship with each other described both positive and negative changes in their relation caused by the cancer. A couple of parents described circumstances which can be connected with earlier trauma. Parents described changes in perspectives and how they made meaning of the adversity. Many parents used some kind of spirituality and a positive outlook to deal with the hard situation.  Humor and playfulness were also mentioned as helping factors for the family. The majority of the parents described that they tried to talk to the children about the cancer and its causes but in the same time many parents addressed an uncertainty about what way was best to talk and explain things to the children. Parents described very varied access to support both from extended family, social network and professionals. The support from extended family and social network were described as very important and families with little support from extended family sometimes tried to compensate it with support from social network. Many parents were content with the medical care from doctors and nurses but in general parents lacked psychological support for themselves and the children. A single parent with little support from extended family and social network described great difficulties in getting practical help from society for the children during treatment.

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  keyword      = {parental cancer,family,resilience,children,family resilience
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  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {När en förälder får cancer - familjen sedd ur ett resilienceperspektiv},
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