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Adaptation to long-term prostate cancer survival: The perspective of elderly Asian/Pacific Islander wives

TitleAdaptation to long-term prostate cancer survival: The perspective of elderly Asian/Pacific Islander wives
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsKa'opua, LSue I, Gotay, CC, Hannum, M, Bunghanoy, G
JournalHealth & Social WorkHealth & Social Work
Volume30
Pagination145-154
Date PublishedMay
ISBN Number0360-7283
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2005-05910-008
Keywords*Neoplasms, *Social Support, *Survivors, *Wives, Adaptation, Asians, Human Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older), long term prostate cancer survival, marital partners' adaptation, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, Asians, Pacific Islanders, Medical Diagnosis, Medical Treatment (General), Medical Treatment of Physical Illness [3363], pacific islanders, Prostate, Recovery (Disorders), us
AbstractIncreasingly evident is the important role of partners in patients' adaptation to diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Yet, little is known about partners' adaptation when patients reach the benchmark known as long-term survival. This study describes elderly wives of prostate cancer survivors' perspectives of adaptation to the enduring challenges of prostate cancer survival and considers their experience in the context of ethnicity. Content analysis and grounded theory methods guided data collection and analysis of two waves of in-depth interviews with 26 elderly Asian/Pacific Islanders (Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Native Hawaiian) living in Hawai'i. Continuous learning was the most common phenomenon as reflected in four types of adaptive work: involvement in husband's health, affirmation of the marital bond, normalization of adversity, and participation in personally meaningful acts. Issues are highlighted for consideration in developing culturally relevant, age-appropriate, and strengths-based interventions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).