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ERIC Number: EJ914014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
The Heroes' Journey: A Young Couple's Experience with Choriocarcinoma
Marlowe, Dan; Hodgson, Jennifer; Lamson, Angela
Qualitative Report, v15 n6 p1365-1386 Nov 2010
A 20 year retrospective qualitative case study was conducted to investigate the relational impact of choriocarcinoma (a type of gestational cancer) on a couple of child-bearing age. A unique feature to the study was that the primary investigator was the couple's biological son, initiating the first known auto-case study design. Using holistic content analysis, investigators learned that anticipatory grief played a central part in the couple's ultimate detachment and divorce. While the wife began to refocus her emotional energies on her children, in psychological preparation for her possible death, the husband focused on ways to keep the family finances together in preparation for life after cancer. He perceived her emotional detachment from him as abandonment. In spite of taking separate paths, the two perceived one another as heroes. The conceptual and clinical implications for a young couple battling gestational cancer are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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