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Having metastatic cancer as a young adult: a qualitative examination of self-discrepany

Kahraman Erkuş, Özlem
The main purpose of this study was to investigate the self-concept and discrepancy between different types of selves of young adult metastatic cancer patients. For this purpose, eight female metastatic cancer patients whose ages ranged between 27 and 38 years old formed the sample of the study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with each participant, and the transcripts of the interviews were analyzed by the Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis method. According to the results, there were 4 superordinate themes: ‘Compulsory Changes in Self-Concept with Ambivalent Evaluations’; ‘New Ideals not in the Agenda of a Healthy Young Adult’; ‘Others’ So Called ‘Minimalist’ Expectations’; ‘My Body is a Cage: “I Feel Like My Soul Stuck in My Body”. The results were discussed within the framework of the related literature, and the results were interpreted in terms of clinical implications.