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Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology

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The second-chance self: transformation as the gift of life for maternal caregivers of transplant children

Cynthia L. Grace

Abstract


This paper examines the phenomenon of transformational growth in maternal caregivers of children who have undergone a kidney transplant. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven mothers of transplant children who shared narrative accounts of their lived experience. Through a phenomenological analysis of the interview data, the fundamental structure of positive growth in caregivers of transplant children was illuminated, revealing both themes of unresolved suffering and trauma and themes of posttraumatic growth and transformation.




http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20797222.2016.1164988
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