Mothers' perception on recreational activities in the treatment of childhood cancer

  • Evelyne de Lourdes Neves Oliveira Nurse, Member of the Center for Study and Research in Bioethics and Palliative Care - NEPBCP, Federal University of Paraíba.
  • Eliane Cristina da Silva Nurse, Master’s Student of Nursing at the Graduate Program in Nursing - PPGENF/UFPB, Member of the Center for Study and Research in Bioethics and Palliative Care - NEPBCP, Federal University of Paraíba.
  • Maria Fátima Oliveira Coutinho Silva Nurse, PhD in Psicology, Professor at the Department of Nursing in Collective Health-NESC/UFPB, Federal University of Paraíba.
  • Simone Elizabeth Duarte Coutinho Nurse. PhD in Nursing, Professor at the Department of Nursing in Collective Health-NESC/UFPB, Federal University of Paraíba.
  • Ana Maria Coutinho de Sales Psychology. PhD in in genre, education and literature. Professor Associate II of Psychology at the UFPB, Federal University of Paraíba.
  • Alana Tamar Oliveira de Souza Nurse, PhD in Nursing, Professor of Nursing Undergraduate Program, Federal University of Campina Grande.
  • Suzete Patrício de Andrade Doctor Retired professor at the Federal University of Paraíba
  • Jael Rúbia Figueiredo de Sá França Nurse, PhD in Nursing, Professor at the Graduate Program in Nursing - PPGENF/UFPB, Member of the Center for Study and Research in Bioethics and Palliative Care - NEPBCP, Federal University of Paraíba.

Abstract

This study aims to understand the perception of mothers of children with cancer from playing. This was a qualitative study, carried February and April 2016. Six mother were interviewed, who accompanied their children during treatment at a non-governmental organization (NGO) that functions as a support house for children and adolescents with cancer. From the organization of the empirical material, two categories emerged: The mothers’ perception on the playful during the oncological treatment and the spirituality adopted by the mothers after the discovery of the diagnosis. The conclusion is that playfulness fulfills a therapeutic function assisting the child in his/her development, providing joy and pleasure. Mothers, on the other hand, find in faith the strength not to lose hope in the continuity in the caring process. Thus, it is evident that mothers seek the best for the child's well-being, in an attempt to minimize the suffering generated by the experienced situation. 

Published
May 1, 2017
How to Cite
OLIVEIRA, Evelyne de Lourdes Neves et al. Mothers' perception on recreational activities in the treatment of childhood cancer. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, may 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imedicalsociety.org/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/2565>. Date accessed: 23 may 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/2391.
Section
Pediatric Oncology