SAGE Journal Articles

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Journal Article 13.1: Atkins, L. (2016). Half the battle: Social support among women with cancer. Qualitative Inquiry, 22(4), 253-262.

Abstract: In this article, I explore the function of social support among women with breast or gynecologic cancers. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with women who received services from a community health organization located in northern California. Findings suggest that the path to wellness for women with cancer is one that involves negotiable interactions with family, friends, and the medical community, such as decision-making regarding treatment and lifestyle choices. Distinctions were made between the support received from other women with cancer, and that received from family and friends. In addition to having emotional and instrumental functions, social support involves the exchange of information, resulting in a greater sense of control over the cancer experience. Health care providers and others who interact with women with cancer will benefit by recognizing the importance of social support throughout the healing process


Journal Article 13.2: Ashton, D., & Feasey, R. (2014). ‘This is not how cancer looks’: Celebrity diagnosis and death in the tabloid media. Journalism, 15(2), 237-251.

Abstract: Jade Goody was publicly diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2008, and prior to her death in 2009 she remained a permanent presence in the celebrity and tabloid press. And although popular commentary refers to the ‘Jade Effect’ whereby young women, who otherwise would not have gone for testing, are seeking out cervical screening programs after the death of Jade Goody, it is important that we understand the ways in which tabloid readers engage with celebrity news stories. With this in mind this article draws on focus group discussions with young female OK! readers to explore the ways in which they make use of, find comfort in, or take umbrage at the news coverage of celebrity illness, concluding that readers were at best frustrated and at worst angered by a lack of authenticity and candid imagery, which is surprising given the ‘airbrushed’ and ‘orchestrated’ nature of their chosen publication.


Journal Article 13.3: Day, A. K., Wilson, C., Roberts, R. M., & Hutchinson, A. D. (2014). The skin cancer and sun knowledge (SCSK) scale: Validity, reliability, and relationship to sun-related behaviors among young western adults. Health Education & Behavior, 41(4), 440-448.

Abstract: Increasing public knowledge remains one of the key aims of skin cancer awareness campaigns, yet diagnosis rates continue to rise. It is essential we measure skin cancer knowledge adequately so as to determine the nature of its relationship to sun-related behaviors. This study investigated the psychometric properties of a new measure of skin cancer knowledge, the Skin Cancer and Sun Knowledge (SCSK) scale. A total of 514 Western young adults (females n = 320, males n = 194) aged 18 to 26 years completed measures of skin type, skin cancer knowledge, tanning behavior, sun exposure, and sun protection. Two-week test–retest of the SCSK was conducted with 52 participants. Internal reliability of the SCSK scale was acceptable (KR-20 = .69), test–retest reliability was high (r = .83, n = 52), and acceptable levels of face, content, and incremental validity were demonstrated. Skin cancer knowledge (as measured by SCSK) correlated with sun protection, sun exposure, and tanning behaviors in the female sample, but not in the males. Skin cancer knowledge appears to be more relevant to the behavior of young women than that of young males. We recommend that future research establish the validity of the SCSK across a range of participant groups.