Contributors and Inhibitors of Resilience Among Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

Title

Contributors and Inhibitors of Resilience Among Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

Creator

Rosenberg AR; Yi-Frazier JP; Wharton C; Gordon K; Jones BL

Publisher

Journal Of Adolescent And Young Adult Oncology

Date

2014

Description

Purpose: Self-perceived resilience may enable coping and mitigate poor psychosocial outcomes among adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients with cancer. In order to inform the development of resilience-promoting interventions, we aimed to: (1) describe AYA patient-reported resilience and (2) identify AYA patient-reported contributors and inhibitors of resilience. Methods: The "Resilience in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer" study was a prospective longitudinal mixed-methods study. Consecutive Caucasian patients aged 14-25 years old enrolled 14-60 days following their diagnosis of cancer and completed one-on-one semi-structured interviews both at the time of enrollment and 3-6 months later. Constant comparative analyses identified salient themes describing modifiable contributors and inhibitors to patient-perceived resilience. Results: Seventeen patients (85% of those approached) enrolled in the study. The mean age was 17 years (SD=2.6) and 53% were female. All patient definitions of resilience inferred an ability to handle adversity. Five themes emerged as predominant contributors or inhibitors of resilience: (1) stress and coping; (2) goals, purpose, and planning; (3) optimism; (4) gratitude and meaning; and (5) connection and belonging. Merged analyses suggested that AYA resilience was a balance that may be enabled by promoting certain skills. Conclusion: AYA patients with cancer perceive resilience as a balance. Learned skills in stress management, goal-setting, and benefit-finding may empower AYAs during their cancer experience, in turn improving long-term psychosocial outcomes.
2014-12

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

185-193

Issue

4

Volume

3

Citation

Rosenberg AR; Yi-Frazier JP; Wharton C; Gordon K; Jones BL, “Contributors and Inhibitors of Resilience Among Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 1, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/15004.

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