Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Angela Mandich


The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the processes survivors of childhood cancer go through with regard to their quality of life (QOL), how they define

QOL, and what factors facilitate and hinder good QOL. Eight survivors participated in semi-structured interviews. Strauss and Corbin's (1990) grounded theory method was used to code and analyze the data.

The core category that emerged was the process of “Managing Impacts and Effects”, which took place when the participants experienced lasting impacts and/or an affected life. This was carried out using three strategies: adopting a positive outlook, adopting a healthy lifestyle, and seeking others. Resources such as community, relationships, and knowledge influenced this process. The result was life enjoyment, or good QOL. The findings of this study provide an understanding of the processes related to QOL of childhood cancer survivors, and have potential implications for survivors, service providers, and future research



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