An interpretative phenomenological investigation of adjustment and posttraumatic growth after a diagnosis of haematological malignancy

Morris, Bronwyn A., Shakespeare-Finch, Jane E., & Scott, Jennifer L. (2008) An interpretative phenomenological investigation of adjustment and posttraumatic growth after a diagnosis of haematological malignancy. In Voudouris, Nicholas & Mrowinski, Vicky (Eds.) 43rd APS Annual Conference, 23-27 September 2008, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart.

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A diagnosis of cancer results in a wide-range of outcomes that require considerable psychological adjustment. There is growing recognition in the field of psycho-oncology that some people experience positive life change, or Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) following cancer diagnosis. However, many studies utilise existing PTG measures designed for general trauma experiences that do not take into account life changes that my be unique to a health-related context. The current syudy presents an interpretative phenomenological exploration of the adjustment process and reported PTG in 6 persons diagnosed with haematological malignancies. Interviews were conducted over a 12-month period (1; 6; and 12 months post-diagnosis). Triangulation of data was provided by interviewing significant others with quantitative assessment. Results identified positive changes not assessed by traditional PTG measures; Compassion for Others, and Health-Related Lief Changes. A wide range of coping strategies are reported in the first two interviews. These appear to persist to 12 month follow-up only if the person has experienced a relapse in health or si struggling with enduring side-effects. The results were also consistent with prior research showing that cognitions play an important role in adaptive coping, including deliberate runination, and downward social comparison. Exposure to positive behaviour modelling was found to be an adaptive coping strategy.

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ID Code: 18234
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Psychology, Trauma, Posttraumatic growth
ISBN: 9780909861368
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 10 May 2009 23:16
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:48

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