Escola Anna Nery
Print version ISSN 1414-8145
BIFFI, Raquel Gabrielli and MAMEDE, Marli Vilela. Family dynamics: perceptions of breast cancer survivor's families. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2009, vol.13, n.1, pp. 131-139. ISSN 1414-8145. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-81452009000100018.
The aim of this study was to identify the family members´ perceptions of their family dynamics, after breast cancer in one of its members. The study used a qualitative approach based on the theoretical model of healthy family function proposed by Barnhill (1979). There were 23 participants from 10 families. The data was collected by means of interviews and subsequent analysis of content that revealed positive aspects in the family dynamics in which the processes of identity, through individuality and mutuality favored the understanding of the family dynamics. The findings showed that breast cancer has the capacity to provoke changes in the family, which enables them to use the potential of each member in the search for stability.
Keywords : Family; Breast Neoplasms; Woman's health.