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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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MAGAO, Maria Teresa Gouvêa  and  LEAL, Isabel Pereira. Hope in parents of children with cancer. A phenomenological interpretative analysis of the relationship with health care professionals . Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2001, vol.2, n.1, pp.3-22. ISSN 1645-0086.

This study explored with parents of children with cancer their perception of interactions with health professionals (nurses and/or physicians) that influenced their hope. Its aim was to describe a hopefull interaction structure. To six parents, who volunteered to be interviewed, was asked to describe interaction accounts with a perceived influence in their hope. An interpretative phenomenological analysis (Smith, Jarman, & Osborn, 1999) was conducted, emerging two main themes: hope meanings and the importance of relationships. These themes enhanced the understanding of the lived experience of this parents’ hope and contributed to the identification of hope enhancing and hope inhibiting factors within their interactions with health professionals. The majority of this factors was identified as pairs of opposing valences. Three axes of discussion are presented: hope and care connection; the uniqueness of nursing care in hope enhancement; the fragile balance between information disclosure and hope maintenance.

Keywords : Childhood cancer; Health professionals parents relations; Hope; Hope inhibiting factors; Hope promoting factors; Nursing care; Psycho-oncology.

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