Striving to survive: families' lived experiences when a child is diagnosed with cancer

Title

Striving to survive: families' lived experiences when a child is diagnosed with cancer

Creator

Bjork M; Wiebe T; Hallstrom I

Publisher

Journal Of Pediatric Oncology Nursing

Date

2005

Subject

PedPal Lit

Description

When a child is ill with cancer, this affects the whole family for long periods. The aim of this study was to elucidate the family's lived experience when a child in the family was diagnosed with cancer. A descriptive inductive design with a hermeneutic phenomenological approach including interviews with 17 families (parents, children, and siblings) was chosen. The families' lived experience was described as a 2-fold essential theme comprising "a broken life world" and an immediate "striving to survive." The families' secure everyday life disappeared and was replaced by fear, chaos, and loneliness. When striving to make the child and the family survive, family members strove to feel hope and have a positive focus, to gain control, and to feel close to other people. Phenomenological human science research can deepen the understanding of the meaning of being a family with a child who is ill with cancer and can help pediatric oncology staff become increasingly thoughtful, and thus better prepared to take act ion to diminish the chaos occurring in the family.
2005

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

265-75

Issue

5

Volume

22

Citation

Bjork M; Wiebe T; Hallstrom I, “Striving to survive: families' lived experiences when a child is diagnosed with cancer,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 4, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/13397.

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