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Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2012 Apr;48(2):116-21. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2011.00314.x. Epub 2011 Jul 5.

Embodying identity in chemotherapy-induced alopecia.

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  • 1Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA. rkoszali@fau.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To report concept analyses of Embodying Identity in chemotherapy-induced alopecia.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

A case study approach was used to explore experiences of alopecia. A transcribed interview was analyzed using phenomenological methods.

FINDINGS AND PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

Embodying Identity was supported by themes from the interview and defined as the way in which persons change how they view self (mind, body, spirit) in an effort to reconcile physical or body alterations. Individuals pass through this process experiencing feelings of "it's not me" to recognition of self with changes ("but, it's me") and finally, acceptance and incorporation into self ("it's me").

© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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