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Friendship Relations From the Perspective of Children With Experience of Cancer Treatment: A Focus Group Study With a Salutogenic Approach
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health promotion and disease prevention. School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5586-3810
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health promotion and disease prevention.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4438-6673
School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health promotion and disease prevention.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3576-2393
2015 (English)In: Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, ISSN 1043-4542, E-ISSN 1532-8457, Vol. 32, no 3, 153-164 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Friendships are significant to child development and health but diseases such as cancer can interrupt the contact with friends. The purpose of this study was to describe perceptions of friendship from the perspective of children undergoing cancer treatment, in order to build knowledge that can be used in a health promotion intervention for these children. Fifteen children between 8 and 12 years of age participated in focus groups, where a mixture of informative and creative techniques were used. The focus group discussions were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The analysis resulted in three generic categories, “Common interests and experiences,” “Mutual empathic actions.” and “Mutual trust and understanding,” incorporating seven subcategories. Based on children’s descriptions from a salutogenic perspective, friendship emerged as An equal and mutual commitment that evolves over time and with interactions face-to-face and digitally, a child perspective on friendship should be central to the development of health promotion interventions designed to support friendship relations of children treated for cancer. © 2014 by Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses

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Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 32, no 3, 153-164 p.
Keyword [en]
cancer, child’s perspective, focus group, friendship relations, health promotion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-26986DOI: 10.1177/1043454214554009ISI: 000354845500004PubMedID: 25366576Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84930386658OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-26986DiVA: diva2:765277
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Swedish Research CouncilKnowledge FoundationVINNOVA
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This study was supported by grants to JMN from the Swedish Children’s Cancer Foundation, the Swedish Research Council, the Knowledge Foundation, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, Solstickan Foundation, Magnus Bergvalls Foundation, and by grants to E-LE from the Swedish Society of Nursing and the Swedish Association of Pediatric Nurses.

Available from: 2014-11-21 Created: 2014-11-04 Last updated: 2016-02-24Bibliographically approved

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