“I have cancer” : understanding the decision to disclose to family members using the theory of motivated information management

dc.contributor.advisorDonovan-Kicken, Erin E.en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVangelisti, Anitaen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDailey, Reneen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLove, Braden
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMackert, Mikeen
dc.creatorNelson, Erin Colletteen
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-5898-0182en
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-04T19:46:05Zen
dc.date.available2015-11-04T19:46:05Zen
dc.date.issued2015-08en
dc.date.submittedAugust 2015en
dc.date.updated2015-11-04T19:46:05Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractDisclosure is considered a form of information management (Petronio, 2002) and illness disclosures are distinctly different than secrets or other types of information in need of management (Greene, 2009). An emerging communication theory, the Theory of Motivated Information Management (TMIM; Afifi & Weiner, 2004), provides a nuanced framework for describing the multifaceted cognitive and communicative components of information management. The present study aims to investigate cancer disclosures as a motivated information management process experienced by the information provider, the cancer patient. An exploratory study conducted by Nelson & Donovan (2014) demonstrated evidence that cancer disclosures can be characterized as information management and that information providers' experiences parallel phases of the information management process, which is an area of the TMIM yet to be explored. Individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life (N = 137) completed an online survey regarding the cognitions and emotions they recalled having prior to disclosing their diagnosis to a particular family member. Results indicate that cancer patients experience the cognitive assessments of TMIM, which influence the disclosure characteristics of open communication and topic avoidance. A model for the information provider's TMIM process is supported, demonstrating the applicability of TMIM to information provision in the context of illness disclosures.en
dc.description.departmentCommunication Studiesen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2S61Nen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/32224en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectDisclosureen
dc.subjectCanceren
dc.subjectCommunicationen
dc.subjectTheory of Motivated Information Managementen
dc.title“I have cancer” : understanding the decision to disclose to family members using the theory of motivated information managementen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentCommunication Studiesen
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunication Studiesen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen
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