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Selected Cancer Patients' Family Members: Acceptance, Coping Strategies and Happiness.


Chelsea S. Brioso,
Remelyn Trinidad Y. Oeda,
Ronaldo S. Elicay

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Ateneo de Naga University


A descriptive exploratory case study was conducted among selected cancer patients' family members Itaims to explore their level of acceptance, coping strategies employed, and level and sources of happiness. Through convenient sampling technique, three family members whose ages ranged from 18-70 years oldand are living in Naga City were chosen to participate in the study. BriosoOjeda (BOA) Questionnaire, Brioso-Ojeda Level of Happiness Scale (BOLI-I Scale), Lapak Alyanna Iris Fontelar Sources of Happiness Inventory (LAIF SKI) and Ways of Coping Questionnaire (WCQ) were administered to the respondents. In addition, Photo Elicitation combined with Journal Writing which included a follow up interview and In-depth Interviews were conducted. The data gathered were analyzed through triangulatiorLResults showed that the level of acceptance of the respondents is Level 5 which is known as the acceptance stage. Furthermore, the coping strategies that were most often employed are seeking social support and positive reappraisal coping. High level of happiness was found to be experienced by the respondents. Lastly, it was found that their greatest source of happiness is their family followed by religion, work, friends and environment. With all these, it is concluded that, generally, respondents have already accepted their family members' health condition and are able to come up with positive ways on how to deal with the situation. In addition, it was learned that having a patient with cancer in the family did not hinder them to experience high level of happiness which is also a result of having their family and of other sources of happiness they had identified. 

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