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Article: Positive personal changes in the aftermath of head and neck cancer diagnosis: A qualitative study in patients and their spouses

TitlePositive personal changes in the aftermath of head and neck cancer diagnosis: A qualitative study in patients and their spouses
Authors
Issue Date2009
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/38137
Citation
Head And Neck, 2009, v. 31 n. 4, p. 513-520 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground. There is increasing evidence that serious and life-threatening illnesses such as malignant tumors not only can lead to increased psychological stress, but also can lead to positive changes. Methods. In this qualitative study, 31 patients with head and neck cancer and 25 women partners were interviewed with regard to positive personal changes (posttraumatic growth). The audiotaped responses were analyzed using qualitative context analysis. Results. A total of 25 patients (81%) and their women partners (84%) reported positive changes. Qualitative content analysis revealed 3 different categories of growth: attitudes toward life, personal strength, and relationships. Partners reported significantly more positive changes in relationships, especially, within the partnership. The total amount of positive change was almost equal. Conclusion. Positive personal changes are frequently reported by patients and by significant others. The total amount of positive change is almost equal in patients and their women partners, but wives experience more positive changes within the partnership. ©2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/58072
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.76
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.233
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dc.contributor.authorBüchi, Sen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMoergeli, Hen_HK
dc.contributor.authorZwahlen, RAen_HK
dc.contributor.authorJenewein, Jen_HK
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dc.description.abstractBackground. There is increasing evidence that serious and life-threatening illnesses such as malignant tumors not only can lead to increased psychological stress, but also can lead to positive changes. Methods. In this qualitative study, 31 patients with head and neck cancer and 25 women partners were interviewed with regard to positive personal changes (posttraumatic growth). The audiotaped responses were analyzed using qualitative context analysis. Results. A total of 25 patients (81%) and their women partners (84%) reported positive changes. Qualitative content analysis revealed 3 different categories of growth: attitudes toward life, personal strength, and relationships. Partners reported significantly more positive changes in relationships, especially, within the partnership. The total amount of positive change was almost equal. Conclusion. Positive personal changes are frequently reported by patients and by significant others. The total amount of positive change is almost equal in patients and their women partners, but wives experience more positive changes within the partnership. ©2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/38137en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofHead and Necken_HK
dc.rightsHead & Neck. Copyright © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.en_HK
dc.subject.meshAdulten_HK
dc.subject.meshAgeden_HK
dc.subject.meshAttitudeen_HK
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshHead and Neck Neoplasms - psychology - therapyen_HK
dc.subject.meshHumansen_HK
dc.subject.meshInterpersonal Relationsen_HK
dc.subject.meshMarriageen_HK
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden_HK
dc.subject.meshSpouses - psychologyen_HK
dc.titlePositive personal changes in the aftermath of head and neck cancer diagnosis: A qualitative study in patients and their spousesen_HK
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