Common meanings of social support as experienced by Jordanian women with breast cancer
Alqaissi, Nesreen Mohamad
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Social support among women diagnosed with breast cancer has been conceptualized and operationalized in a variety of ways with a strong focus on women from western cultures. The purpose of this paper was to clarify the concept of social support in nursing and health related literature among women diagnosed with breast cancer from western cultures and among women from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The concept analysis was guided by Walker and Avant's (2005) methodology. Findings revealed that women from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds defined social support differently than western women. Culture was found to be a core variable in defining social support among women diagnosed with breast cancer. Results from this concept analysis support the critical need for future research to clarify the meaning and definition of social support among women with breast cancer, specifically among women from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.