Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine the impact that breast cancer has on identity and how emotional support affects identity formation in women after cancer diagnosis and treatment. While there is much research on the medical treatment of breast cancer and the impact it has on women, there is a gap in research on the identity construction of women who have gone through breast cancer and the impact of emotional support for them during and after treatment. This is an important aspect of research as demonstrated by the rising number of women diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Because of advances in medicine and emphasis in early intervention, more women are impacted by the emotional aftermath of cancer. In order to accomplish this aim, this study utilizes narrative-based interviews to learn about breast cancer survivors’ stories of emotional support and its impact on identity. This uses a sociological approach of symbolic interactionism. This research helps evaluate the impact of emotional support for breast cancer patients in connection with medical support.

Thesis Completion

2022

Semester

Spring

Thesis Chair

Koontz, Amanda

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College

College of Sciences

Department

Sociology

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Release Date

5-1-2022

Restricted to the UCF community until 5-1-2022; it will then be open access.

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