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An Exploration of Benefit Finding Among Youth with a Previous Injury or Medical Illness and their Primary Caregivers

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Title: An Exploration of Benefit Finding Among Youth with a Previous Injury or Medical Illness and their Primary Caregivers
Author: O'Reilly, Hannah
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Preyde, Michele
Abstract: Benefit finding is a relatively unexplored construct among youth with various illnesses/injuries and their primary caregivers. The purpose of this study was to explore additional benefits and facilitators of, and barriers to, benefit finding among youth with a previous illness/injury and their caregivers. A survey with standardized measures and open-ended questions was administered. Content analysis was performed on 20 youth and 10 primary caregiver semi-structured interviews. There were four categories of additional benefits that were identified: tangible benefits, positive character development, health-related benefits, and interpersonal benefits. There were five facilitators: social support, positive and resilient outlook, positive health-related experiences and behaviours, passage of time, and youth maturity and ability to cope. Finally, there were four barriers: negative reactions to the illness/injury, clinical challenges and outcomes, changes one’s life, and environmental factors. Findings may help inform interventions and contribute to the growing literature on this topic.
Description: Permission to freely include and distribute the Benefit Finding Scale within this thesis was not granted by the copyright owner.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/20645
Date: 2020-08
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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