Social representations of cancer and chemotherapy in the cancer patient’s family

Ximena Palacios-Espinosa, María Isabel González, Bruna Zani

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© 2015, Fundacion para el Avance de la Psicologia. All rights reserved.This qualitative study aimed to analyze the Social Representations (SR) of cancer and chemotherapy in 25 families of adult cancer patients with whom in-depth interviews were conducted and who participated in a free association test. We used Atlas.ti for the data analysis which were analyzed was done based on SR theory. It was found that the patient’s family member plays a central role; they have various functions such as support and containment are as involved as the patient in the disease process. Thus, the family members represent cancer and chemotherapy in a predominantly negative way, favoring the presence of anxiety and suffering.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)497-515
Number of pages19
JournalAvances en Psicologia Latinoamericana
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


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