Father to father: focus groups of fathers of children with cancer

Soc Work Health Care. 2003;37(1):41-61. doi: 10.1300/J010v37n01_03.


Caring for a child with cancer is a demanding experience for both parents, yet most research focuses on mothers. In this paper, we present the findings of a secondary analysis of data from a study in which the care-giving experience of fathers is investigated. In two focus groups, ten fathers provided first-hand information about caring for a child with cancer and its impact on their families. In addition, the findings demonstrate how these men through sharing a deeply meaningful and challenging experience offered mutual support and caring. This paper describes the fathers' remarkable and unexpected exchange. Social work implications are also addressed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Caregivers*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cost of Illness
  • Father-Child Relations*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / nursing*
  • Neoplasms / psychology
  • Social Support
  • Social Work
  • United States