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Dealing with fear: from the perspective of adolescent girls with cancer
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Centre for Health Care Sciences, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7352-8234
Lovisenberg Deaconal University College, Oslo, Norway.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2873-4247
2012 (English)In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing, ISSN 1462-3889, E-ISSN 1532-2122, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 286-292Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Previously fears in adolescents with cancer has been identified in relation to medical procedures, death, altered appearance and as having an overall influence on life, but to our knowledge young people's perspectives on dealing with fear have not been previously investigated.

Purpose: To examine adolescents' perspectives on dealing with cancer related fear.

Methods and sample: Six girls participated in qualitative interviews focussing on their fear and and how they dealt with it. Data were analysed by means of qualitative content analysis.

Results: The results revealed two perspectives. First, the adolescents' own personal battle with fear. Second, they reported that they were not alone with their fear, as they shared it with significant others. An environment characterized by emotional presence helped them to deal with their fear, as well as prevented it from occurring.

Conclusions: There is a need for staff and parents to be vigilant to the adolescents' need to feel cared for and allow them the opportunity to deal with their own fear, as at times they want to manage in their own way. Young patients have resources to cope with their fears and therefore should not be viewed as victims, but as young people with a great amount of competence, who benefit from a supportive environment.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxon, United Kingdom: Elsevier, 2012. Vol. 16, no 3, p. 286-292
Keywords [en]
Adolescents, Cancer, Fear, Dealing, Qualitative design, Psychosocial
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Nursing
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Caring sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-24629DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2011.08.003ISI: 000305377100014PubMedID: 21917516Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84861346103OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-24629DiVA, id: diva2:545781
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Swedish Childhood Cancer FoundationAvailable from: 2012-08-21 Created: 2012-08-21 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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