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Title: Reframing : psychological adjustment of Chinese women at the beginning of the breast cancer experience
Authors: Ching, SSY 
Martinson, IM
Wong, TKS
Keywords: Breast cancer
Chinese culture
Coping and adaptation
Grounded theory
Women's health
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Source: Qualitative health research, 2009, v. 19, no. 3, p. 339-351 How to cite?
Journal: Qualitative health research 
Abstract: In this article, we present findings from a larger study that explored how Chinese women cope with breast cancer. We report on the process of early psychological adjustment, along with contextual factors and how they influence the women's coping mechanisms at the beginning of the cancer experience. Twenty-four women with diagnoses of breast cancer were interviewed. The grounded theory method was adopted in data collection and analysis. "Reframing" was the core category of the early adjustment process. Focus and approach were the two contextual conditions. Women adopted "fighting," "following the natural course," "struggling," and "bearing" modes in coping with the disease. These findings highlight the significance of focusing on coping and realizing the role of the self in creating a subjective positive interpretation, which subsequently enhances acceptance of the disease at the beginning of the cancer experience. Characteristics of the Chinese people with respect to coping include the collaborative meaning of control and the philosophy of acquiescence to fate.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/14293
ISSN: 1049-7323
EISSN: 1552-7557
DOI: 10.1177/1049732309331867
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