Family: The Bedrock of Support for American Indian Women Cancer Survivors

Catherine E. McKinley, Soonhee Roh, Yeon Shim Lee, Jessica Liddell

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Cancer disparities among American Indian (AI) women are alarming, yet a dearth of research focuses on the role of family support for such women. The purpose of this research was to examine the composition of AI women cancer survivors' family support networks and the types of support that they provided. We used a qualitative descriptive methodology with 43 AI women cancer survivors and qualitative content analysis, which indicated that 38 participants (approximately 90%) reported that their families provided integral and varied forms of support, especially instrumental support throughout cancer experiences. Families were the bedrock of support for AI women cancer survivors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-254
Number of pages9
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • American Indian and Alaska Native
  • cancer survivors
  • culture and diversity
  • extended family
  • family support


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