The population of young mothers with cancer who parent their children has increased over time. Although many studies have been conducted on women with cancer, few specifically addressed the experience of mothering during cancer treatment. This study explored the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that young mothers with cancer underwent when faced with a chronic, potentially life threatening illness. Using grounded theory, fifteen women were interviewed in an effort to gain an in depth understanding of their experience of mothering their children in the wake of a cancer diagnosis. Findings include having a both psychological and medical experience of the illness, the children being attuned and active participants in the illness with the mother, cancer being experienced an assault on the mother’s gender, notions that surround ‘good enough’ mothering with cancer, and behavioral activities being used to manage anxiety about the possibility of death.
|School:||Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago)|
|Department:||Clinical Social Work|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Womens studies, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Cancer, Mothers, Parenting|
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