Transcending the Now: A Grounded Theory Study of Depressive Symptoms in African American Women with Breast Cancer

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/195120
Title:
Transcending the Now: A Grounded Theory Study of Depressive Symptoms in African American Women with Breast Cancer
Author:
Weathersby, Joda H.
Issue Date:
2008
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
In breast cancer patients, symptoms of depression decrease quality of life and may have other serious consequences, such as increasing mortality. Few studies have focused on psychosocial issues and their relation to breast cancer in African-American women. Thus, only limited information has been published on the breast cancer experience of African American women. A grounded theory approach was used to explicate the social psychological and social structural processes of African American women with breast cancer experiencing depressive symptoms. The sample included nine African American women with breast cancer who experienced depressive symptoms. Unstructured interviews were conducted with each participant.Data were analyzed using the constant comparison method. The data indicated that African American women used the basic social process of Transcending the now to manage the basic social problem of having breast cancer and experiencing depressive symptoms. The five phases of the basic social psychological (BSP) process Transcending the Now that emerged during data analysis were Relying on Faith, Being Strong, Seeking Support, Dealing with Life Too, and Enduring Breast Cancer. The findings of this study provide nurses with new knowledge regarding the experience of depressive symptoms in African American women with breast cancer and provide a theory of transcending that can be used in building a research-based practice.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
African American women; Breast Cancer; Depression; Depressive Symptoms; Grounded Theory
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Nursing; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Badger, Terry
Committee Chair:
Badger, Terry

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleTranscending the Now: A Grounded Theory Study of Depressive Symptoms in African American Women with Breast Canceren_US
dc.creatorWeathersby, Joda H.en_US
dc.contributor.authorWeathersby, Joda H.en_US
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn breast cancer patients, symptoms of depression decrease quality of life and may have other serious consequences, such as increasing mortality. Few studies have focused on psychosocial issues and their relation to breast cancer in African-American women. Thus, only limited information has been published on the breast cancer experience of African American women. A grounded theory approach was used to explicate the social psychological and social structural processes of African American women with breast cancer experiencing depressive symptoms. The sample included nine African American women with breast cancer who experienced depressive symptoms. Unstructured interviews were conducted with each participant.Data were analyzed using the constant comparison method. The data indicated that African American women used the basic social process of Transcending the now to manage the basic social problem of having breast cancer and experiencing depressive symptoms. The five phases of the basic social psychological (BSP) process Transcending the Now that emerged during data analysis were Relying on Faith, Being Strong, Seeking Support, Dealing with Life Too, and Enduring Breast Cancer. The findings of this study provide nurses with new knowledge regarding the experience of depressive symptoms in African American women with breast cancer and provide a theory of transcending that can be used in building a research-based practice.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectAfrican American womenen_US
dc.subjectBreast Canceren_US
dc.subjectDepressionen_US
dc.subjectDepressive Symptomsen_US
dc.subjectGrounded Theoryen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNursingen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorBadger, Terryen_US
dc.contributor.chairBadger, Terryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBoyle, Joyceenen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKoithan, Mary S.en_US
dc.identifier.proquest10135en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659750687en_US
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