Mother's home healthcare: emotion work when a child has cancer

Title

Mother's home healthcare: emotion work when a child has cancer

Creator

Clarke JN

Publisher

Cancer Nursing

Date

2006

Subject

Adaptation; PedPal Lit; Non-U.S. Gov't Self Concept Social Isolation Trust Uncertainty Workload/psychology; PreschoolCost of Illness Emotions Fear Female Focus Groups Home Nursing/psychology Humans Infant Marriage/psychology Middle Aged Mothers/psychology Neoplasms/nursing Nursing Methodology Research Qualitative Research Questionnaires Research Support; Psychological Adolescent AdultAttitude to Health Canada Child Child

Description

Home healthcare work, involving physical labor, nursing care, medical monitoring, administrative, planning and accounting, advocacy and emotion work, is unpaid and largely invisible. This article, based on focus group interviews with mothers whose children have had cancer, describes one part of their home healthcare labor, their emotion work. Specifically, it examines how mothers: manage the moral imperatives of mothering; think about and try to manage the strong feelings, particularly of fear and uncertainty that they often have when their children are ill with cancer; work to understand and maintain their marital relationships; the strategies that seemed to help; and finally, the self-transformation that many mothers experience. The article concludes with a discussion of the substantive, theoretical, research, and policy implications of emotion work in the provision of home healthcare work.
2006

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

58-65

Issue

1

Volume

29

Citation

Clarke JN, “Mother's home healthcare: emotion work when a child has cancer,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed December 3, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/13530.

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