Breast Cancer Survivors’ Decisions to Join a Dragon Boating Team

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Beth B. Weisenbach Purdue University

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Physical activity is associated with psychosocial and physical health benefits for breast cancer survivors. Little is known, however, about survivors’ decision-making processes when considering joining group physical activity programs designed for survivors. Guided by interpretive description methodology (Thorne, 2008), N = 15 breast cancer survivors who were considering or had made the decision to join a dragon boating team were interviewed about their decisions to participate. Four patterns of decision making were identified: searching for a way to care for physical and social needs, taking advantage of opportunities created by breast cancer, dove in with little contemplation, and hesitant to connect with other survivors. Results have implications for understanding decisions to participate in physical activity groups in this population and overcoming challenges to participation.

Beth B. Weisenbach and Meghan H. McDonough are with the Department of Health and Kinesiology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Address author correspondence to Meghan McDonough at mcdonough@purdue.edu.

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