Journal of Japanese Society of Cancer Nursing Volume 23, Issue 3 (December 2009)
Japanese

The Characteristics and Patterns of Stress and the Coping Process of Those Coping with Stressful Events while Caring for Their Spouses with Terminal Cancer Akiko Kato 1 , Michiyo Mizuno 2 1Ishikawa Prefectural Nursing University 2Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba Keyword: 終末期 , 家族ケア , ストレス—コーピング , terminal , family care , stress-coping pp.4-13
Published Date 2009/12/25
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Abstract

 The purpose of this study was to clarify the characteristics and patterns of stress and the coping process of 12 spouses who experienced stressful events such as caring for their partners in the terminal stage of cancer at a palliative care unit. The focus was on the stress coping process as a result of situation recognition. Data were collected through semi.structured interviews and then analyzed qualitatively and inductively.

 As a result of this analysis, 6 categories were identified found in the expression of the characteristics and patterns of stress and the coping process of the spouses who face stressful situations: " the characteristics of the situation that forced them to become bitter", "the reasons why they fell into that state of mind", "the mechanism through which the spouses came to feel that they do the best for patients", "the method by which they make an effort for patients", "the reason for accepting the present situation", and "the result after having accepted the present situation". The results of this study showed that spouses who were caring for their partners in the terminal stage of cancer were experiencing a stressful situation that was symbolized by "the feeling of being forced into bitterness". However, spouses were coping with such stressful situations by doing their best for the patients and by accepting the present situation. As a result, spouses could continue to do their best for the patients, feel the meaning of doing the best for patients, and regain their stability of mind and body.


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日本がん看護学会誌
23巻3号 (2009年12月)
電子版ISSN 2189-7565 印刷版ISSN 0914-6423 日本がん看護学会

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