Exploring the Psychological Adjustment of Female Cancer Survivors in Terms of Femininity
上田, 伊佐子 徳島文理大学
太田, 浩子 川崎医療福祉大学
小野, 美穂 岡山大学
浅野, 早苗 広島大学
The purpose of this study is to explore the psychological adjustments female cancer survivors undergo with respect to their femininity. Semi-structured interviews were performed with ２９ female cancer（breast or gynecologic cancer）survivors in their２０s to５０s. Qualitative descriptive study data was interpreted according to Krippendorff’s content analysis method.
As a result, six categories were generated as psychological adjustments utilized by female cancer survivors from the viewpoint of femininity : “I like the way I am” ; “I am charming as a woman” ; “I live independently as a woman” ; “I am expanding my life as a woman” ; “I can feel connected with someone” ; and “I have graduated from pessimism.” These could be interpreted as psychological adaptations that reflect feminine emotions and reflect the strength and resilience of female cancer survivors. In order for female cancer survivors to adjust to living with cancer in a psychologically healthy way, it was suggested that nursing support was important to restore the feelings of the survivors from the perspective of these feminine characteristics.
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