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A disease which affects us all : a study evaluating the way in which informal caregivers of cancer patients are self-compassionate and the applicability of the intervention “hold on for each other”.

Binnenmars, N. (2021) A disease which affects us all : a study evaluating the way in which informal caregivers of cancer patients are self-compassionate and the applicability of the intervention “hold on for each other”.

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Abstract:Aim: The objective of this qualitative study is to evaluate in which way informal caregivers of cancer patients are self-compassionate and self-critical. In addition, we examined the suitability of the intervention “hold on for each other” and which changes should be made to adjust the intervention for a broader group of informal caregivers. Methods: The participants included a sister-in-law, a brother, two daughters, and a friend of cancer patients. The participants were aged 23-53 and mostly female. They were asked to read four chapters of the book and evaluate it using the plus and minus method. Their impressions of the book are discussed in a semi-structured interview. The interviews were transcribed and analyzed using inductive and deductive coding with the help of the program Atlas.ti. Results: The informal caregivers showed to be self-compassionate as well as self-critical in multiple ways. However, it was noticed there are obstacles to self-compassion. The intervention appealed to four out of five participants, despite some parts that are not fitting their situation yet. In addition, the topics emotions and values were found to be more appealing to this group than resilience and thoughts. Also, were the mindfulness exercises less appealing than the other exercises. Conclusion: The findings of this research demonstrate the need for future research into how to overcome difficulties being self-compassionate, and which subjects are more suitable for a broader group of informal caregivers. Furthermore, a list of practical changes is provided, which can be used to adjust the intervention to a broader group of informal caregivers.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87957
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