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A survey study among cancer patients in Turkey: meaning-making coping
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8823-6434
Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University, Sweden. (Coping)
Humanite Psychiatry, Istanbul, Turkey. (Coping)
American Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.
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2017 (English)In: Illness, crisis and loss, ISSN 1054-1373, E-ISSN 1552-6968Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

To understand the role of culture on the use of the meaning-making coping among people who have been struck by cancer, qualitative and quantitative studies have been conducted in several countries like Sweden, China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, and Turkey. This article reports on a quantitative study carried out in Turkey. The aim of the study has been to answer the following question: “Which meaning-making coping method (even nonreligious or spiritual coping methods) is used by informants?” The sample consists of 95 persons, 18+ who had been struck by cancer. The questionnaire was distributed to former/current cancer patients via a web address as an electronic survey through the media page of Cancer Survivors Association. The results of the study show that the most important coping methods used by cancer patients in Turkey are the religious coping (RCOPE) methods, particularly spiritual connection, active religious surrender, passive religious deferral, and pleading for direct intercession. Several RCOPE methods such as spiritual discontent, seeking support from clergy or members, punishing God reappraisal, and demonic reappraisal or self-directing religious coping are not used by the Turkish informants. Nor are non-RCOPE methods highly prevalent among informants.

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Sage Publications, 2017.
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Meaning-making coping, Turkey, Survey study, Cancer, Illness
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-27797DOI: 10.1177/1054137317720751OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-27797DiVA, id: diva2:1242283
Available from: 2018-08-27 Created: 2018-08-27 Last updated: 2018-12-06Bibliographically approved

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