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dc.contributor.authorDunn, Jeff
dc.contributor.authorCampbell, Meredith
dc.contributor.authorPenn, Danielle
dc.contributor.authorDwyer, Megan
dc.contributor.authorChambers, Suzanne K
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T15:51:41Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T15:51:41Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.date.modified2010-08-04T02:36:11Z
dc.identifier.issn0734-7332
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/07347330802616084
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/30139
dc.description.abstractHigh-profile events where in response to the experience of breast cancer women take on adventure activities to raise awareness and/or funds for breast cancer are increasing. These activities offer physical and psychological challenges within a peer support group setting. We investigated the experiences of 21 breast cancer survivors who participated in a 7-day breast cancer awareness motorcycle ride. Assessments included a qualitative pre/postinterview, solicited diary, pre-6-month follow-up survey. Measures included satisfaction with life, distress, happiness, global well being, meaning in life. Motivators were a desire for peer support, to promote breast cancer awareness, enjoyment, and personal growth. The ride incorporated physical and emotional challenge. A positive peer support experience led to feelings of inner peace, accomplishment, self-learning, a positive perspective, and improved social support. For a minority of women peer support or recreational expectations were not met resulting in negative feelings. No significant changes were observed over time in adjustment measures. Adventure events where women undertake emotional and physical challenge in an environment of group peer support provide opportunity for personal growth. In this context, peer support may provide the catalyst for the experience to become transformational and so is critical to generating positive outcomes. Realistic expectations of the ride are also influential.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherRoutledge
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom119
dc.relation.ispartofpageto135
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
dc.relation.ispartofvolume27
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode170199
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1701
dc.titleAmazon Heart: An Exploration of the Role of Challenge Events in Personal Growth After Breast Cancer
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2009
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorChambers, Suzanne K.


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