Volume 12, Issue 3 (10-2006)                   IJPCP 2006, 12(3): 282-288 | Back to browse issues page

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Taleghani F, Parsa-yekta Z, Nikbakht Nasrabadi A. Coping with Breast Cancer in Newly Diagnosed Women:A Qualitative Study. IJPCP. 2006; 12 (3) :282-288
URL: http://ijpcp.iums.ac.ir/article-1-15-en.html
1- , E-mail: taleghani@nm.mui.ac.ir
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Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore coping with breast cancer in Iranian women.

Method: In this qualitative study, 19 patients with breast cancer were interviewed about their coping with receiving the diagnosis of their illness. The interviews were analyzed through content thematic method.

Results: The main themes obtained in this study include coping with the disease using a religious approach (acceptance of the disease as God’s willing, seeking spiritual help), thinking about the disease (positive think- ing: hope, positive suggestion, curability of the disease, intentional forget- fulness negative thinking: hopelessness, fear, impaired mental image), accepting the fact of disease (active acceptance: fighting the disease, patience passive acceptance), social and cultural factors effective for coping (reactions of society to the disease, presence of same groups) and support of loved ones.

Conclusion: Most strategies for coping with breast cancer in newly diagnosed women is positive and based on fighting with the disease and not to give in. Religious beliefs play a major role.


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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Psychiatry and Psychology
Received: 2007/01/28

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