Nature as the most important coping strategy among cancer patients: a Swedish survey
2015 (English)In: Journal of religion and health, ISSN 0022-4197, E-ISSN 1573-6571, Vol. 54, no 4, 1177-1190 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The authors have conducted a quantitative survey to examine the extent to which the results obtained in a qualitative study among cancer patients in Sweden (Ahmadi, Culture, religion and spirituality in coping: The example of cancer patients in Sweden, Uppsala, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2006) are applicable to a wider population of cancer patients in this country. In addition to questions relating to the former qualitative study, this survey also references the RCOPE questionnaire (designed by Kenneth I Pargament) in the design of the new quantitative study. In this study, questionnaires were distributed among persons diagnosed with cancer; 2,355 people responded. The results show that nature has been the most important coping method among cancer patients in Sweden. The highest mean value (2.9) is the factor ‘nature has been an important resource to you so that you could deal with your illnesses’. Two out of three respondents (68 %) affirm that this method helped them feel significantly better during or after illness. The second highest average (2.8) is the factor ‘listening to ‘natural music’ (birdsong and the wind)’. Two out of three respondents (66 %) answered that this coping method significantly helped them feel better during illness. The third highest average (2.7) is the factor ‘to walk or engage in any activity outdoors gives you a spiritual sense’. This survey concerning the role of nature as the most important coping method for cancer patients confirms the result obtained from the previous qualitative studies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 54, no 4, 1177-1190 p.
Nature as a coping method, RCOPE, Religious coping, Spirituality
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-19945DOI: 10.1007/s10943-013-9810-2ISI: 000355931900001PubMedID: 24363200ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84930960166OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-19945DiVA: diva2:837128