Gender roles and/or styles in crisis: an integrative analysis of the experiences of fathers of children with cancer

Qual Health Res. 2001 May;11(3):363-84. doi: 10.1177/104973230101100307.


Despite a proliferation of research with families of children with cancer and gender differences in parental coping, few studies have explicitly explored the experiences of fathers of children with cancer. Using several different data collection efforts, including semistructured in-depth interviews and open workshops, this integrative analysis views fathers' experiences through the lens of gender. Findings suggest that fathers' experiences can be understood as influenced by gender identities, gender roles, and the gendered organization of support systems, employment, and health care institutions. The results suggest the need for interventions that provide fathers and entire families with the opportunity to develop new skills and coping strategies for dealing with the stresses and challenges of childhood cancer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Child
  • Disabled Children / psychology*
  • Fathers / psychology*
  • Gender Identity*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Parenting / psychology
  • Stress, Psychological