ADOLESCENTS COPING WITH MOM's BREAST CANCER: DEVELOPING FAMILY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS

The purpose of this pilot study was to gain a deeper understanding of how adolescents are affected by their mothers' breast cancer and to discover their opinions about how future intervention programs should be designed. Three focus groups were conducted with a total of 10 adolescents. Findings...

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Published in:Journal of marital and family therapy, Vol. 31, No. 2 (2005), p. 0
Main Author: Davey, Maureen (Author)
Other Involved Persons: Gulish, Laurel ; Askew, Julie ; Godette, Karen ; Childs, Nicole
Format: electronic Article
Published: Oxford, UK : Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2005
ISSN:1752-0606
Physical Description:Online-Ressource
DOI:10.1111/j.1752-0606.2005.tb01558.x
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  • The purpose of this pilot study was to gain a deeper understanding of how adolescents are affected by their mothers' breast cancer and to discover their opinions about how future intervention programs should be designed. Three focus groups were conducted with a total of 10 adolescents. Findings indicate that adolescents' lives had been complicated by their mothers' illness, as they often felt burdened with additional roles and responsibilities. Adolescents suggested that future intervention programs should have the following elements: Adolescent group comprised of boys and girls within 4 months of cancer diagnosis; psychoeducation; target coping skills sensitive to girls and boys of different ethnic and racial backgrounds; and after the adolescent groups, have multiple-family therapy groups that promote shared family understanding and open communication between parents and adolescents.