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                            University of San Diego
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The Lived Experience of Intersectionality Among African American Women with Breast Cancer
	Teri D. Armour Burton
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The Lived Experience of Intersectionality Among
African American Women with Breast Cancer
Teri D. Armour Burton
University of San Diego

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UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN NURSING



The Lived Experience of Intersectionality Among African American Women with Breast

Cancer

By

Teri Armour-Burton, PhD, MSN, MBA







A dissertation proposal presented to the

FACULTY OF THE HAHN SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCE
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO


In partial fulfillment of the


requirements for the degree


DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN NURSING


January, 2017





Dissertation Committee


Dr. Jane Georges, Chairperson


Dr. Kathy James, Member


Dr. Caroline Etland, Member

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Caution was taken to represent the data as intended to the highest degree possible;

misrepresentation of published data could result in further mistrust amongst the African

American community and impeded future research efforts.

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Chapter 4

Data Findings and Analysis

The purpose of this descriptive phenomenological study was to capture the lived

experience of intersectionality among AAW with breast cancer. This study was an

attempt to fully understand the essential elements of the concept of intersectionality

among AAW with breast cancer. Giorgi’s 2009 method, a modified Husserlian

descriptive phenomenological approach, was used to identify themes that characterize

how intersectionality manifests in the consciousness of study participants. As part of the

research process, eidetic reduction was employed to develop an invariant structure of

intersectionality among study participants. Data were gathered through nine, one-on-one

digital voice recorded phone interviews and one in-person interview. Each of these

interviews lasted between 60 and 90 minutes and was guided by open ended semi-

structured questions. The time varied depending on how much information was offered

by the participants. The interviews were subsequently transcribed by a transcription

service, which were then reviewed for accuracy and completeness by the researcher.

The Sample

The sample consisted of 10 AAW females with a self-reported history of having

been diagnosed with breast cancer. The stages of their disease varied from stage I to stage

III; there was an equal representation of stage II and stage III breast cancer participants,

with 40% in each category. Forty percent of the participants had a maternal family

member that had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The time that had elapsed since

receiving their diagnoses varied from less than a year to greater than 10 years. These

women ranged in age from 41-80 years, with 50% between the ages of 51- 60 years. The

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Appendix E - Institutional Review Board Approval

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