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The role of meaning in advanced cancer-integrating the constructs of assumptive world, sense of coherence and meaning-based coping

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Lethborg, C and Aranda, S and Bloch, S and Kissane, D, The role of meaning in advanced cancer-integrating the constructs of assumptive world, sense of coherence and meaning-based coping, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 24, (1) pp. 27-42. ISSN 0734-7332 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1300/J077v24n01_03

Abstract

This study used qualitative methods to elicit the thoughts and attitudes of patients with advanced cancer. Our two interrelated aims were to explore how participants experience and apply meaning; and to consider whether this experience can be understood within an integrated framework of assumptive world (AW), sense of coherence (SOC) and meaning-based coping (MBC). Using semi-structured interviews, 26 conversations were held overall with 10 participants. Transcriptions were analysed for themes of lived-experience and for evidence of the principal elements of AW, SOC, and MBC. Findings suggest three interrelated domains that form an adaptive pathway towards coherence and sense of self. While this pathway is essentially linear it is also responsive to the ongoing stressful nature of advanced cancer.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:meaning making approaches, psycho-social, social work
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Palliative care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Palliative care
UTAS Author:Lethborg, C (Dr Carolyn Lethborg)
ID Code:153781
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:41
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2022-10-06
Last Modified:2022-10-18
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