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Title: Mothers with breast cancer: A mixed‐method systematic review on the impact on the parent‐child relationship
Authors: Tavares, Rita
Brandão, Tânia
Matos, Paula M
Keywords: cancer
breast cancer in women
mother-child relationship
systematic review
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Wiley
Abstract: Objective: To systematically review and integrate the findings from quantitative and qualitative studies on parenting and parent-child relationships in families where mothers had Breast Cancer (BC). Methods: Ten different databases were searched from inception to January 2016. All authors assessed these data independently. Full-text, peer-reviewed articles exploring parenting and/or mother-child relationships in families where the mother had BC, regardless of cancer stage, were considered for inclusion. PRISMA guidelines were followed. Results: From 116 studies, 23 were deemed eligible for inclusion. Five of them were quantitative, 15 were qualitative, and one study used a mixed-method approach. Most studies analysed the mother’s perceptions about the experience of having BC in parenting and in the parent-child relationship. The majority of studies explored experiences and perspectives on the parent-child relationship in mothers with minor children, although a minority of studies included adult children. Additionally, a few studies (17%) addressed perceptions and experiences of women with advanced stage cancer. Three main themes were found: priorities and concerns of patients; decision-making processes about sharing the diagnosis with their children; and mother-child relationship and parenting after mother’s diagnosis. Conclusions: Findings indicated that the diagnosis of BC is accompanied by an array of challenges that affect parental roles and parenting. Further studies are needed in order to explore these issues more sensitively. For now, however, the evidence suggests that the families of women with BC, and particularly the women themselves, may benefit from informal and formal support aimed at helping them cope effectively with this challenging life event.
Peer Reviewed: yes
ISSN: 1099-1611
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