How do women experience fibromyalgia in family context?

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology, Turkey

Approval Date: 2017




The present study aimed to gain an in-depth understanding of how women experience fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) in the family context. There were two main research questions in the study; (1) how do married female fibromyalgia patients with child(ren) experience pain, and (2) what is the association between these patients’ pain experience and their family relationships? To answer these research questions, semi-structured interviews were conducted with six married women with children that were officially diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The transcriptions of the interviews were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). The analyses revealed four superordinate themes entitled as: (1) The features of fibromyalgia, (2) Fibromyalgia: A syndrome triggered by familial dynamics, (3) Fibromyalgia: A psychological phenomenon, and (4) Fibromyalgia as a triggering factor of change. The findings of the study were discussed in the light of the literature including the models that focus on family context.