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Cancer patients' meaning making regarding their dreams: a study among cancer patients in Malaysia
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Criminology, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8823-6434
University Sains Malaysia.
2020 (English)In: Dreaming (New York, N.Y.), ISSN 1053-0797, E-ISSN 1573-3351, Vol. 30, no 1, p. 79-91Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Dreaming has been associated with human activity, including the activity of individuals with chronic illness. To date, there is a body of literature that has associated dreaming with certain chronic illnesses such as breast cancer, asthma, hypertension, and colitis. However, little research has been done on dreaming activity among cancer patients and their beliefs. This study aims to investigate dreaming activity among cancer patients and explore their meaning making in relation to their dreams. This qualitative study involved 35 cancer patients. A thematic analysis was used to analyze the data. The themes that emerged were dreams as an alarm, sadness and anxiety, denial, hope and motivation, nightmares are the work of evil, and searching for confirmation. It is hoped that this study will promote our understanding of cancer patients’ journey.

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American Psychological Association (APA), 2020. Vol. 30, no 1, p. 79-91
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dream, cancer patient, meaning making
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-31428DOI: 10.1037/drm0000122OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-31428DiVA, id: diva2:1385757
Available from: 2020-01-15 Created: 2020-01-15 Last updated: 2020-03-20Bibliographically approved

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