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Identifying Important Challenges of Coping with Female Breast Cancer among Iranian Spouses: A Qualitative Study


Objective: Breast cancer is a multidimensional crisis for women and their spouses that affects every aspect of their life. Coping with this disease requires investigating and resolving the challenges faced by all those affected by it. The present study was conducted to clarify these challenges on the basis of lived experiences of the spouses of women with breast cancer.

Method: The present qualitative research performed an interpretive phenomenological analysis in Iran.Purposive sampling was employed to select twenty spouses of women with breast cancer. The data collected through unstructured face-to-face interviews were analyzed using van Manen’s method. To ensure the rigor of the study, Lincoln and Guba’s criteria were evaluated in the qualitative process.

Results: Lived experiences of the spouses of the women with breast cancer in coping with challenges included the four themes of emotional confusion, shouldering the burden of care, psychophysical suffering caused by the disease and life without cohesion.

Conclusion: Spouses of the women with breast cancer in the Iranian community faced several challenges and issues. The socioeconomic support provided by supporting organizations and medical personnel appear to help moderate these challenges and improve coping in this group.

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DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/ijps.v17i4.10686
Breast Cancer Coping Phenomenological Qualitative Research Spouses

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Jahani Sayad Noveiri M, Khodaveisi M, Shamsaei F, Vanaki Z, Tapak L. Identifying Important Challenges of Coping with Female Breast Cancer among Iranian Spouses: A Qualitative Study. Iran J Psychiatry. 2022;17(4):379-387.