Transforming their lives: post-traumatic growth experience in Chinese women with breast cancer-a grounded theory study

Jianxia Zhai, Jennifer M. Weller-Newton, Kaori Shimoinaba, Hong Chen, Beverley Copnell

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Our research sought to explore post-traumatic growth experience among Chinese women with breast cancer. Constructivist grounded theory methodology was utilised to understand Chinese women’s post-traumatic growth experience. 24 women with breast cancer were recruited from China. Data was collected through semi-structured, interviews. Three categories were developed from the data: renewing self-perception, encountering changes in relationships, and altering philosophical values and beliefs. The unique manifestations of post-traumatic growth highlight the need for development and adaption of the post-traumatic growth inventory to reduce cultural biases within the assessment tool and incorporate new culturally appropriate items.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-300
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2024

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