Games of lives in surviving childhood brain tumors

Chin Mi Chen, Yueh Chih Chen, Joan E. Haase

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The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe the commonality of the lived experience of adolescent and young adult survivors (AYAS) of brain tumors in Taiwan from a sociocultural perspective. Seven AYAS aged 13 to 22 years, who had survived 5 to 10 years from the time of diagnosis, participated in this study. In consideration of their emotional duress, each participant was interviewed only once. The data revealed an essential structure: the game of life. The essential structure included six themes as follows: (a) no longer playing well, (b) wandering on the outer edges of social life, (c) helplessly struggling with role obligations, (d) rationally regulating the meaning of surviving, (e) winning a new social face, and (f) mastering the game of life. The findings suggest how nurses might help AYAS to succeed in psychosocial adjustment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-457
Number of pages23
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008



  • Adaptation
  • Adolescent
  • Cancer survivor
  • Childhood brain tumor
  • Psychological

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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