A qualitative case study was used to analyze the experiences of 11 young women, ages 18–35 years diagnosed with breast cancer genetic mutations, BRCA 1 or BRCA 2. The 11 participants did not have a history or current diagnosis of breast or ovarian cancer. There was limited information available within the literature regarding the experiences of young women who have been notified of BRCA 1 and 2 genetic mutations. It seemed vital to understand how women confronted with the difficult reality of their genetic status would like professionals such as psychologists, physicians, and genetic counselors to guide them through experiences of living with the BRCA1 and 2 genetic mutations. The combination of subjective truth, standpoint theory, and social constructivism does well to explain their living knowledge. Women’s experiences described in this study suggested themes of taking action; making pragmatic adjustments; and emotional sub-themes including anxiety, empowerment, and advocacy. Professionals in the field of medicine, genetic counseling, and mental health counseling can benefit from this research. Individuals who are in the practice of medicine may find it helpful to be more aware of the emotions women experience regarding their results.
|Commitee:||Fremont, Paula, Turner, Daniel Chip|
|Department:||Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Health sciences, Psychology, Oncology|
|Keywords:||BRCA 1/2, Breast cancer, Experience, Genetic mutations, Previvor, Young women|
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