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Exploring Existential Coping Resources: The Perspective of Koreans with Cancer
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work. (Coping)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8823-6434
Retirement Research Center at Samsung Life Insurance, Jung-Gu, Seoul, Korea. (Coping)
Department of Social Welfare, Soongsil University, Seoul, Korea. (Coping)
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2885-0635
2016 (English)In: Journal of religion and health, ISSN 0022-4197, E-ISSN 1573-6571, Vol. 55, no 6, 2053-2068 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study aimed to explore the use of meaning-making coping (existential, spiritual, and religious coping) among cancer patients in Korea and to investigate the impact of culture on their choice of coping methods. Thirty-three participants with various kinds of cancer were interviewed. Four different kinds of coping resources emerged from analyses of the interview transcripts: (1) belief in the healing power of nature; (2) mind–body connection; (3) relying on transcendent power; and (4) finding oneself in relationships with others. The findings of this study suggest the importance of investigating cultural context when exploring the use of the meaning-making coping strategies in different countries.

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New York: Springer-Verlag New York, 2016. Vol. 55, no 6, 2053-2068 p.
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Coping resources, Meaning-making coping, Koreans with cancer
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Sociology Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21342DOI: 10.1007/s10943-016-0219-6ISI: 000384532800018PubMedID: 26984613ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84961202321OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-21342DiVA: diva2:913774
Available from: 2016-03-22 Created: 2016-03-22 Last updated: 2016-12-08Bibliographically approved

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