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Feeling excluded and not having anyone to talk to: Qualitative study of interpersonal relationships following a cancer diagnosis in a sibling
Sophiahemmet University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4141-8692
2019 (English)In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing, ISSN 1462-3889, E-ISSN 1532-2122, Vol. 42, p. 76-81, article id S1462-3889(19)30108-5Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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PURPOSE: To explore experiences related to interpersonal relationships following a cancer diagnosis in a sibling.

METHODS: Respondents (n = 7 females) were recruited by means of convenience sampling during a camp for children affected by childhood cancer and their siblings. Data from children and adolescents with a sibling diagnosed with cancer was collected through individual face-to-face interviews and analyzed using systematic text condensation.

RESULTS: Two categories portrayed the experiences related to interpersonal relationships following a cancer diagnosis in a sibling. Feeling excluded while wanting to maintain a relationship with their ill sibling and be involved in the care portrayed that trying to be involved in the care of their ill sibling was a stressful and difficult experience, since they were simultaneously expected to also manage household chores and attend school. Feeling stigmatized and exposed in social contexts while needing an allowing space to talk about their experiences portrayed the emotional difficulties evoked by social situations and behaviors of others, which left respondents feeling exposed and mistreated. Having the possibility to talk about their experiences and receiving social support was described as essential in order to cope with the situation.

CONCLUSIONS: Health professionals need to take into consideration the emotional difficulties and vulnerable situation that children and adolescents who have a sibling diagnosed with cancer are at risk of experiencing. Stigmatization and social exposure present a risk of psychological distress. Having an allowing space to communicate feelings and experiences is desired. Interventions may be necessary to help these individuals psychologically cope.

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2019. Vol. 42, p. 76-81, article id S1462-3889(19)30108-5
Keywords [en]
Interpersonal relations, Life change events, Pediatric cancer, Sibling relations, Siblings
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URN: urn:nbn:se:shh:diva-3445DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2019.07.010PubMedID: 31450042OAI: oai:DiVA.org:shh-3445DiVA, id: diva2:1352245
Available from: 2019-09-18 Created: 2019-09-18 Last updated: 2019-09-18Bibliographically approved

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