Centre for Crisis Psychology

Anne Christensen

Adolescents' difficulties with communicating experience in their own situation when one of the parents has cancer.

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Anne Christensen  is a 5th year student at professional studies in psychology, UiB.

In fall 2020, she will participate in a qualitative study where a descriptive design is used. The study is based on interview data already collected. Data will be analyzed using systematic text condensation. Professor May Aasebø Hauken is the supervisor of the project.

Cancer affects the whole family, and young people as relatives are particularly exposed to negative psychosocial consequences. Communication between parents, adolescents and health professionals can be especially challenging. However, we have little knowledge about young people's communication challenges and who they share their thoughts, experiences and understanding with either from their own, parents ' or health professionals' perspective. This is important knowledge for developing health-promoting interventions that can prevent psychosocial late injuries in these adolescents.

Exploring young people's communication challenges around their own situation when living with a parent with cancer.

The project will result in a scientific article with a preliminary working title: "To whom do adolescents living with parental cancer confide in about their situation? -A qualitative study from the perspective of adolescent, parents and healthcare professionals". The student will mainly work with analysis and writing of the article's found part, but will also be involved in literature search and writing of the rest of the article.