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dc.contributor.authorRadina, Eliseen_US
dc.identifier.citationFamily Relations 58 (October 2009): 445–459.en_US
dc.description.abstractAn estimated 20% of breast cancer survivors face the chronic condition of breast cancer related lymphedema. This study explored the ways in which women with this condition experienced changes in their participation in family leisure as one indicator of family functioning. Participants (N = 27) were interviewed regarding lifestyles before and after lymphedema, perceptions of personal independence, relationships with others, and personal coping. Data were analyzed using a cooperative, inductive format. Participants described a heightened sense of caution regarding participation in family leisure activities. Participants coped with lymphedema by either modifying the way they participated or not taking part in family leisure activities. Professionals may use these findings to assist women and their families in modifying leisure activities and exploring new activities.en_US
dc.subjectfamilies and health/illnessen_US
dc.subjectchronic illnessen_US
dc.subjectfamily systems theoryen_US
dc.subjectqualitative studiesen_US
dc.titleBreast Cancer-Related Lymphedema: Implications for Family Leisure Participationen_US

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    Dr. Elise Radina - Associate Professor, Family Studies & Social Work

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