cancer, family, family therapy
This study was designed to gain a greater understanding of the effects cancer has on families while simultaneously developing family therapy interventions that are helpful for families experiencing the crucible of cancer. On the basis of an action research paradigm, the authors designed an intensive case-analysis protocol involving reflective interviewing to learn about the personal perspectives of family members who participate in therapeutic treatment for cancer. An integration of reflective insight by the families, their therapist, and the research team ultimately revealed that cancer families face an ongoing struggle (a) between feelings of isolation and connectedness, (b) to make meaning of cancer in their life, and (c) to find ways of incorporating cancer into their current world view. The study also revealed shared experience building and interactive psychoeducation to be the most significant components of the therapeutic treatment process for cancer families.
Original Publication Citation
Robinson, W. D.,Carroll, J. S., & Watson, W. L. (2005). Shared Experience Building Around the Family Crucible of Cancer. Families, Systems, and Health, 23, 131-147.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Robinson, W. David; Carroll, Jason S.; and Watson, Wendy L., "Shared Experience Building Around the Family Crucible of Cancer" (2005). Faculty Publications. 4334.
Families, Systems, & Health
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
Copyright 2005 by the Educational Publishing Foundation
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