The resilience of indigenous women of the U.S. who experience cancer: transcending adversity

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

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Abstract

Almost no research specifically explores resilience among Indigenous women of the U.S. who experience cancer. A qualitative descriptive study included a sample of 43 Indigenous women from the Northern Plains region of the U.S. Almost 90% (88%, n = 37) of participants indicated personal growth in response to having cancer, indicating they valued relationships (n = 3), had a stronger faith (n = 5), were grateful and living in moment (n = 21), became more healthy (n = 5), and helped others (n = 6) in response to their cancer experience. Results indicate that factors that promote and facilitate resilience are critical for culturally responsive practice with Indigenous women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-213
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • American Indian or Native American
  • Indigenous
  • cancer
  • qualitative research
  • quality of life
  • resilience

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