Identity, image, and sexuality in young adults with cancer

Tindle, Danielle, Denver, Kelly, & Lilley, Faye (2009) Identity, image, and sexuality in young adults with cancer. Seminars in Oncology, 36(3), pp. 281-288.

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The impact of disease and treatment on a young adult's self-image and sexuality has been largely overlooked. This is surprising given that establishing social and romantic relationships is a normal occurrence in young adulthood. This article describes three female patients' cancer journeys and demonstrates how their experiences have impacted their psychosocial function and self-regard. The themes of body image, self-esteem, and identity formation are explored, in relation to implications for relationship-building and moving beyond a cancer diagnosis. This article has been written by young cancer survivors, Danielle Tindle, Kelly Denver, and Faye Lilley, in an effort to elucidate the ongoing struggle to reconcile cancer into a normal young adult's life.

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ID Code: 89666
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Impact of Malignant Disease on Young Adults
Keywords: body image, social aspect, sexuality, self esteem, self concept, cancer patient, human relation, identity, priority journal, psychosocial care
DOI: 10.1053/j.seminoncol.2009.03.008
ISSN: 0093-7754
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 29 Oct 2015 23:58
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2015 03:34

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