The effects of mothers’ personality, parenting and selfobject needs on the well-being of their children with cancer

Yurduşen, Sema
This thesis was done using quantitaive and qualitative methods. The aim of the quantitative part was to understand child cancer patients’ well-being in relation to their mother’s parenting, personality and selfobject needs. ANCOVA analyses revealed that when mothers who have high selfobject needs (primary narcisisstic relational needs) also have high level of conscientiousness personality trait or show high controlling parenting attitude towards their children, the children were reported as having more externalizing problem behaviors. However, when mothers who have high selfobject needs also have conscientiousness personality style at the highest level, the children were reported as not having many problem behaviors. Thus, the compensating role of being very highly conscientious among mothers who have high selfobject needs in reporting child problems were discussed. In the second part, two mothers’ selfobject experiences were investigated using qualitative narrative inquiry. Using narrative analysis, mothers’ selfobject needs in relation to experiencing cancer diaognose and treatment was elaborated comperatively, using interview transcripts.