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Author(s): Langrand, Emilia Eugenia Chamorro
Advisor: Amaro, Maria Inês
Barroso, Ana Margarida
Date: 20-Jun-2018
Title: Productive leisure activity among women living with breast and ovary cancer: an alternative intervention strategy to improve their subjective well-being (SWB)
Reference: Langrand, E. E. C. (2018). Productive leisure activity among women living with breast and ovary cancer: an alternative intervention strategy to improve their subjective well-being (SWB) [Dissertação de mestrado, Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa]. Repositório do Iscte.
Keywords: Breast cancer
Leisure engagement
Life satisfaction
Social support
Subjective wellbeing
Serviço social
Cancro da mama
Satisfação do doente
Apoio social
Abstract: This study explored the relationship between leisure engagement and the subjective well-being of women with breast and/or ovary cancer diagnosis in Portugal, Honduras and Nicaragua. A mixed methods approach was designed where 7 participants were involved in a leisure activity (assembling post-surgical bras) in a peer-based group. Furthermore, 128 participants were surveyed through a questionnaire including 7 life domains mentioned as indicators of SWB. This study gathered data regarding the social support sources of participants and their experiences with illness. In addition, the quantitative portion of the research indicated the main benefits of being engaged in a leisure activity: developing new talents, building a support network, increasing self-esteem and avoid overthinking about illness. Crucial to the preliminary data needed to implement an intervention strategy to foster SWB for women affected by BC/OC, valuable results were obtained regarding the interest of participants in textile art leisure activities. The sample from Honduras reported that 84% of its participants were interested in this activity, 74% of women from Portugal and 47% of Nicaraguans. The study confirmed there is a positive association between SWB and participating in a leisure activity. Statistically significant data was reported when correlating SWB and leisure engagement, SWB and country, and SWB and organizations in charge of supporting cancer patients. This presents empirical evidence for the usefulness of leisure activity engagement as an indicator of SWB. Future studies should consider testing the correlation between leisure domain and SWB.
Degree: Mestrado em Erasmus Mundus em Serviço Social com Famílias e Crianças
Peerreviewed: yes
Access type: Open Access
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