Journal article

Emerging From the "Ku:" Fluctuating in Adjusting With Breast Cancer-A Post-Traumatic Growth Theory Situated Within Chinese Culture

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

Qualitative Health Research | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2020


This purpose of the study was to construct a model (theory) to understand Chinese women's adjustment process in living with breast cancer. A constructivist grounded theory method was adopted in this study. A total of 24 women were recruited through purposive and theoretical sampling. Semi-structured, audio-recorded interviews were undertaken in Chinese and transcribed. Initial coding, focused coding, and theoretical coding approaches were used to identify subcategories and categories, and to construct the emergent theory. The basic social process these women used to deal with the breast cancer diagnosis was identified as: Emerging from the 'ku': Fluctuating in adjusting with breast cancer. F..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We express our heartfelt gratitude to the participants. We acknowledge the support of Professor Hong Jiang and Ms Ting Ye for assistance in facilitating the access and recruitment of participants. The first author acknowledges Monash Graduate Education for offering her the scholarship to undertake this study.