Journal article

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

Carrie Lethborg, Sanchia Aranda, Sid Bloch, David Kissane

JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOCIAL ONCOLOGY | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2006

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 ..

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