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"Can it be that god does not remember me": a qualitative study on the psychological distress, suffering, and coping of Dominican women with chronic filarial lymphedema and elephantiasis of the leg.

Abstract

The psychological states of Dominican women with chronic lymphedema and elephantiasis of the leg and the coping strategies they used to ameliorate the negative psychological effects of this condition were explored using modified precepts of grounded theory method. Qualitative data were gathered through in-depth interviewing and focus group discussions held in the Dominican Republic. Thematic results found that compounding their physical disfigurement, functional limitations, and social losses were feelings of depression, embarrassment, social isolation, and despair. Adaptive problem solving and emotion-focused coping strategies that emerged during analysis also are discussed. It is recommended that management of psychological distress should be a significant component of lymphedema management programs in developing countries.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Person B
Addiss D
Bartholomew KL
Meijer C
Pou V
Gonzálvez G
Borne BVD
Year of Publication
2008
Journal
Health Care for Women International
Volume
29
Issue
4
Number of Pages
349-65
Language
eng
ISSN Number
1096-4665
DOI
10.1080/07399330701876406
Alternate Journal
Health Care Women Int
Publication Language
eng