‘I’ve got a very dichotomous difference in the way that I perceive myself’: Positive and negative constructions of body image following cancer treatment

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621869
Title:
‘I’ve got a very dichotomous difference in the way that I perceive myself’: Positive and negative constructions of body image following cancer treatment
Authors:
Grogan, Sarah ( 0000-0002-7510-765X ) ; Mechan, Jayne; Persson, Sofia; Finlay, Sive; Hall, Matthew ( 0000-0001-7651-1219 )
Abstract:
This study investigated how women constructed body image following cancer. Four women, aged 32-67 years who had experienced breast or bowel cancer took part in a two-hour, in-depth focus group. Discourse analysis revealed that women orientated to positive aspects of the post-treatment body (silhouette, trust, acceptance) whilst acknowledging that their experiences were also traumatic (hair loss, scarring, sickness, swelling). Bodies and illness were concealed from public judgment, and women developed new trust in their bodies due to overcoming cancer; post-cancer bodies were accepted despite opportunities for normalisation. Implications for those wanting to support women during and after cancer are discussed.
Affiliation:
Manchester Metropolitan University; Cancer Research UK; University of Derby
Citation:
Grogan, S. et al (2017) ' ‘I’ve got a very dichotomous difference in the way that I perceive myself’: Positive and negative constructions of body image following cancer treatment', Journal of Health Psychology, DOI: 10.1177/1359105317730896
Publisher:
Sage
Journal:
Journal of Health Psychology
Issue Date:
20-Sep-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621869
DOI:
10.1177/1359105317730896
Additional Links:
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1359105317730896
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
13591053
EISSN:
14617277
Sponsors:
N/A
Appears in Collections:
School of Human Sciences

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGrogan, Sarahen
dc.contributor.authorMechan, Jayneen
dc.contributor.authorPersson, Sofiaen
dc.contributor.authorFinlay, Siveen
dc.contributor.authorHall, Matthewen
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-22T14:55:47Z-
dc.date.available2017-09-22T14:55:47Z-
dc.date.issued2017-09-20-
dc.identifier.citationGrogan, S. et al (2017) ' ‘I’ve got a very dichotomous difference in the way that I perceive myself’: Positive and negative constructions of body image following cancer treatment', Journal of Health Psychology, DOI: 10.1177/1359105317730896en
dc.identifier.issn13591053-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1359105317730896-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/621869-
dc.description.abstractThis study investigated how women constructed body image following cancer. Four women, aged 32-67 years who had experienced breast or bowel cancer took part in a two-hour, in-depth focus group. Discourse analysis revealed that women orientated to positive aspects of the post-treatment body (silhouette, trust, acceptance) whilst acknowledging that their experiences were also traumatic (hair loss, scarring, sickness, swelling). Bodies and illness were concealed from public judgment, and women developed new trust in their bodies due to overcoming cancer; post-cancer bodies were accepted despite opportunities for normalisation. Implications for those wanting to support women during and after cancer are discussed.en
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSageen
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1359105317730896en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of Health Psychologyen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectBody imageen
dc.subjectBreast canceren
dc.subjectBowl canceren
dc.subjectDiscourse analysisen
dc.subjectBody acceptanceen
dc.subjectFocus groupsen
dc.title‘I’ve got a very dichotomous difference in the way that I perceive myself’: Positive and negative constructions of body image following cancer treatmenten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn14617277-
dc.contributor.departmentManchester Metropolitan Universityen
dc.contributor.departmentCancer Research UKen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Health Psychologyen
dc.contributor.institutionManchester Metropolitan University, UK-
dc.contributor.institutionManchester Metropolitan University, UK-
dc.contributor.institutionManchester Metropolitan University, UK-
dc.contributor.institutionCancer Research UK Manchester Institute, UK-
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of Derby, UK-
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