Jennifer Sveund, Psy.D., is a 2017 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Seattle

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Jude Bergkamp, Psy.D., Committee Chair

Amy Davis, Psy.D., Committee Member

Tricia Teneycke, Psy.D., Committee Member


Qigong, women, cancer, interpretative phenomenological, United States

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Research has shown that qigong can be beneficial for a variety of health related conditions; However, evidence suggests that in the United States, a lack of well designed clinical trials limits the efficacy of qigong in the context of cancer treatment. Research has indicated that careful consideration should be given to the design of randomized control trials using qigong due to the conflicting philosophical methodologies. In the United States, qigong has been under investigated, particularly lacking are qualitative inquiries into qigong use and cancer survivorship. This study is an interpretative phenomenological inquiry that sought to understand women’s experience of qigong in the context of cancer survivorship in the United States. The study included twelve adult women at various phases of cancer survivorship. Participants provided interviews related to their experience. The qualitative interpretative phenomenological methodology provided a framework through which a deeper understanding of the lived experience of the participants could be achieved. Thus, a deeper insight was gained into the shared meaning of qigong use in the lives of women who have lived with cancer. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA, and Ohio Link ETD Center


Jennifer Sveund, Psy.D, 2017

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