Coping with a diagnosis of breast cancer among Omani women

Mohammed H Al-Azri, Huda Al-Awisi, Samira Al-Rasbi, Mansour Al-Moundhri

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The aim of this study was to identify coping strategies experienced by Omani women after breast cancer diagnosis. Individual semistructured interviews were conducted with 19 women diagnosed with breast cancer. Several coping strategies were identified including denial, optimism, withdrawal, Islamic beliefs and practices, and the support of family members and health-care providers, but Islamic beliefs and practices were the commonest. Health-care professionals should be aware of and respect women's coping strategies and encourage them to use to reduce the psychological symptoms. They should also make family members and friends aware of their role in supporting and encouraging coping strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)836-846
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Breast Neoplasms/psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Islam
  • Middle Aged
  • Oman
  • Religion and Medicine
  • Social Support
  • Young Adult

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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