Young, single and treated for breast cancer: Making sense of my sexuality - An exploration of women’s stories

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/347102
Title:
Young, single and treated for breast cancer: Making sense of my sexuality - An exploration of women’s stories
Authors:
Shortt, Susan
Abstract:
This qualitative study explores the experiences of four young, single women, who were diagnosed with breast cancer, and examines the impact of this on their sexuality, during and post-treatment. The data was gathered using semi-structured interviews, and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Emerging themes included identity loss during treatment, differing degrees of adjustment to an altered body post-treatment, and concerns around dating and new relationships. Although each participant was clearly moving forward in positive ways, ongoing emotional losses were also described, including those related to fertility. Findings largely support earlier work in this area, although there have been very few studies with this particular sub-group of women. One finding that differed from other research was the universal acceptance by prospective partners of participants’ altered bodies.
Advisors:
Gubi, Peter M.
Publisher:
University of Chester
Publication Date:
Oct-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/347102
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Masters Dissertations

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorGubi, Peter M.en
dc.contributor.authorShortt, Susanen
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-25T10:47:23Zen
dc.date.available2015-03-25T10:47:23Zen
dc.date.issued2014-10en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/347102en
dc.description.abstractThis qualitative study explores the experiences of four young, single women, who were diagnosed with breast cancer, and examines the impact of this on their sexuality, during and post-treatment. The data was gathered using semi-structured interviews, and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Emerging themes included identity loss during treatment, differing degrees of adjustment to an altered body post-treatment, and concerns around dating and new relationships. Although each participant was clearly moving forward in positive ways, ongoing emotional losses were also described, including those related to fertility. Findings largely support earlier work in this area, although there have been very few studies with this particular sub-group of women. One finding that differed from other research was the universal acceptance by prospective partners of participants’ altered bodies.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.subjectbreast canceren
dc.subjectsexualityen
dc.subjectwomenen
dc.titleYoung, single and treated for breast cancer: Making sense of my sexuality - An exploration of women’s storiesen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameMAen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters Degreeen
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