To investigate the emotional impact of sibling bone marrow donation

Elfer, Jane (2017) To investigate the emotional impact of sibling bone marrow donation. Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust / University of Essex. Full text available

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This thesis reports on a study of the emotional impact on sibling bone marrow donors. It considers in particular donation that takes place during their adolescence and was prompted by the concern of medical and nursing colleagues managing the treatment of young people with cancer. The study interviewed five donors and discusses these interviews using the lens of psychoanalytic theory to offer a deeper understanding of these donors’ experiences. Understood in this way, particularly using the psychoanalytic concept of projective identification, a main finding of the study is that whilst these donors would not have refused to donate, based on the love and duty of a filial relationship, the donation evoked complex emotions arising from the sense of the physiological merging of two people. The study makes some recommendations to change current practice within the hospital where I work in order to improve the psychological management and care of sibling bone marrow donors.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of East London in collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust for the Professional Doctorate in Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Top-Up
Uncontrolled Keywords: M80, M80T, Professional Doctorate in Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Top-Up, Projective Identification, Cancer
Subjects: Families > Siblings
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Research
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2018 15:21
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 15:21
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1688

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