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Facilitating Women's Development through the Illness of Cancer: Depression, Self-Silencing, and Self-Care

Mary Sormanti

in Silencing the Self Across Cultures

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780195398090
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776900 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398090.003.0018
Facilitating Women's Development through the Illness of Cancer: Depression, Self-Silencing, and Self-Care

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This chapter describes the role of self-silencing in women's experiences of coping with cancer. It discusses various relevant psychosocial factors, including emotional distress, quality of life, and self-care agency. It provides a general framework for conceptualizing the experiences of those affected by life-threatening illness, and explores specific implications for understanding the emotional and relational issues encountered by women diagnosed with cancer. These issues include dealing with depression, attempting to engage in self-care, and contending with fears of cancer recurrence and possible death. The chapter also provides suggestions for working therapeutically and supportively to encourage positive change for women living with cancer.

Keywords: cancer; depression; self-care; self-silencing; life-threatening illness

Chapter.  7905 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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