like a mexican wedding: Psychosocial intervention needs of predominately hispanic low-income female co-survivors of cancer

Catherine A. Marshall, Karen L. Weihs, Linda K. Larkey, Terry A. Badger, Susan Silverberg Koerner, Melissa A. Curran, Rosa Pedroza, Francisco A.R. García

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Abstract

Although recent work has recognized that the influence and consequences of cancer extend beyond the individual receiving the diagnosis, no studies have focused on the specific psychosocial intervention needs of female co-survivors in low-income populations. In this qualitative study, the co-survivors, 16 women, representing 10 low-income families and predominately Hispanic, were interviewed about their experience of having someone in their family diagnosed with cancer. Several themes emerged from the data, including family stress, lack of skill in coping with the effects of cancer (e.g., depression of their loved one), a need for financial help, a willingness to share with others, and reliance on faith to see them through the cancer experience. Whereas no agreement existed as to where and how to provide an intervention, participants reported that tailoring an intervention to family needs and delivering it in a way that was accessible to them was important.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)380-402
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2011

Keywords

  • Hispanic
  • cancer
  • co-survivors
  • family
  • family experience of cancer
  • low income
  • psychosocial intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Family Practice

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