What Are the Psychosocial Implications of Body Image Issues in Adolescent Males With Cancer?
1. Male- as this research has identified a need for research with this particular group.
2. Aged between 13 and 21 (inclusive)as this research is focussing on adolescents and we
have defined the age range of adolescence as 13 to 21, in line with other research on
3. Have a diagnosis of cancer (any type)as this study is not focussing on any particular
type of cancer and this will ensure a sufficient pool of participants.
4. Have been diagnosed for at least 6 months as issues about adjusting to the diagnosis
will be less prevalent at this time and they are likely to have received some
treatment for cancer which often produces some of the bodily changes that may affect
their body image.
5. Have a prognosis of more than 3 months, as it would be unethical to interview people
in the final stages of terminal cancer as end of life issues would be more prevalent.
Three months was decided upon because often this is the length of time given to
patients when it is decided that treatment is no longer indicated and their illness
is considered terminal. We would not contact anyone whose cancer was considered
6. Have had treatment within the past 5 years, because beyond this time they are less
likely to have body image issues and other issues or than cancer could be more
prevalent for them, so they are not suitable participants.
7. Able to participate in the interview verbally and in English because the qualitative
method requires detailed analysis of the texts and translation may lead to a loss in
some of the meaning that is crucial for this research.
- Any participant who did not meet all of the inclusion criteria would be excluded.