Coping Strategies of Jordanian Adolescents With Cancer: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis Study

Omar Omari*, Dianne Wynaden, Hasan Al-Omari, Moawiah Khatatbeh

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Interpretive phenomenological analysis methodology was used to explore coping strategies used by hospitalized Jordanian adolescents with cancer. In-depth face-to-face interviews were conducted with 10 Jordanian adolescents, aged 13 to18 years, who were receiving chemotherapy for cancer. During treatment, participants were confronted with physical, psychosocial, and emotional distresses resulting from the disease process, the treatment, and its associated side-effects. To cope with the impact of their illness, participants utilized 4 coping strategies: “Strengthening spiritual convictions,” “Being optimistic and rebuilding hope,” “Enhancing appearance,” and “Finding self again.” The findings of this study can assist health team members to promote positive psychological care to Arab Muslim adolescents with cancer in a supportive and therapeutic treatment environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-43
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


  • adolescents
  • coping
  • interpretive phenomenological analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Oncology(nursing)

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