Accession Number:

ADA106945

Title:

Fathering and the Pediatric Cancer Experience.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1979-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

93.0

Abstract:

A descriptive study was conducted to answer the question What is the cultural knowledge that informs the behavior of fathers in interaction with their children during the pediatric cancer experience. The concepts of the culture of the father, the fathers role in the family, and the crisis of the pediatric cancer experience formed the basis of the conceptual framework. Ethnographic interviews were conducted with four fathers of children being treated at a medical center in a large southwestern city. Tape recordings of the interviews were transcribed and analyzed between interviews. From analysis of the recordings, taxonomies were developed of which kinds of things fathers do with children and kinds of things fathers do when they monitor the health of children are examples. Five cultural themes identified 1 being there, 2 education on a day to day basis, 3 recreation, 4 fear, and 5 quality of life. Fathers were found to be deeply involved and therefore their views need to be emphasized in the nursing care of children. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE