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Music as a method of coping with cancer: a qualitative study among cancer patients in Sweden
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work. (Socialt arbete)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8823-6434
2013 (English)In: Arts and Health, ISSN 1753-3015, E-ISSN 1753-3023, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 152-165Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: This study investigated patients’ understanding of the role of music in coping and in influencing their well-being.

Methods: A qualitative study was conducted based on semi-structured interviews with 17 cancer patients. Participants were chosen from a group of patients who had listened to or played music as a means of coping with their illness.

Results: The study shows the importance of considering the roles that different kinds of music play in coping with cancer. The music of nature, healing music, religious music and cheerful music each have different benefits for patients.

Conclusions: A patient’s situation and his or her individual characteristics determine the types of that music can act as a useful or harmful coping strategy. Therefore, it is essential to investigate the types of individual characteristics that can make listening to different kinds of music a helpful or harmful coping method.

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2013. Vol. 5, no 2, p. 152-165
Keywords [en]
coping, cancer, music of nature, religious music, hard and heavy music, cheerful music
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-11897DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2013.780087ISI: 000209429500007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-11897DiVA, id: diva2:528009
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Swedish Research Council, 427-2005-8715Available from: 2012-05-23 Created: 2012-05-23 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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