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dc.contributor.advisorRobbins, Charles L, Berger, Candyce Sen_US
dc.contributor.authorKirschbaum, Karynen_US
dc.contributor.otherDepartment of Social Welfareen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-22T17:34:56Z
dc.date.available2013-05-22T17:34:56Z
dc.date.issued1-Dec-11en_US
dc.date.submitted11-Decen_US
dc.identifierKirschbaum_grad.sunysb_0771E_10763en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1951/59729
dc.description210 pg.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis qualitative study uses an exploratory research design that incorporates both grounded theory and phenomenological approaches in order to gain insight into the meaning of yoga in relation to coping with breast cancer. The study focuses on the individual, lived experience and relies on in-depth interview strategies to capture the subjects' sensations and perceptions of the practice and utility of yoga over the duration of time. By interviewing women who practice yoga for different spans of time, several aspects are explored: if the length of time affects any observed changes; if transitional stages in yoga progression can be identified, and if so, what influences these changes; and how differing stages of yoga practice affect a woman's coping with breast cancer. The data generated a narrative account of common themes that identify four stages of yoga commmitment and eight variables that mediate change and suggest engagement, advancement, a deepening relationship to yoga, and a gradual identity transformation. In addition, prevailing themes regarding yoga's meaning and impact on coping with breast cancer come to light. As dominant themes emerged from the women's stories, health behavior change theories were initially considered to enhance understanding of the emergent themes. Important constructs from social cognitive, planned behavior, and transtheoretical theories were found to be salient within the context and findings of this study, but no one theory was sufficient to understand the themes that emerged. In addition, principles of structural symbolic interactionism and identity theory were similarly identified that could explicate aspects of a noted identity transformation among the respondents. In the final analysis, where health behavior theories fall short, concepts of identity theory complete an explanation of the transitions that occur as the yoga practice deepens. Combining constructs of both behavior change and identity theories may represent a new theory that more accurately reflects the observed mechanisms and emergent themes expressed by the respondents as they use yoga to cope with breast cancer.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipStony Brook University Libraries. SBU Graduate School in Department of Social Welfare. Charles Taber (Dean of Graduate School).en_US
dc.formatElectronic Resourceen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherThe Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY.en_US
dc.subject.lcshSocial research--Behavioral sciences--Public healthen_US
dc.subject.otherBreast Cancer, Complementary Approach, Coping, Identity Transformation, Internalized Stress, Yogaen_US
dc.titleBreast Cancer Survivors' Perception of Yoga Practice for Different Spans of Timeen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.description.advisorAdvisor(s): Robbins, Charles L; Berger, Candyce S. Committee Member(s): Peabody, Carolyn G; Shurpin, Kathleen.en_US
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