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Religion, Culture and Meaning-Making Coping: A Study Among Cancer Patients in Turkey
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Psychology of Religions. (Religionspsykologi)
Gävle Högskola.
2019 (English)In: Journal of religion and health, ISSN 0022-4197, E-ISSN 1573-6571, Vol. 58, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present paper looks at the influence of culture on Turkish cancer patients’ use of meaning-making coping, paying particular attention to religious, spiritual, and existential coping methods. Data were collected using an interview study (n=25, 18 women, age range 20–71). Individuals were recruited at an oncology center and a psychiatry clinic in Istanbul. The main focus of the study has been on existential meaningmaking coping, which is characterized by finding power inside oneself, altruism, family love, a search for meaning by contemplating philosophical issues, and having a positive life perspective (shukran—thankfulness). In contrast to findings from similar studies conducted in other countries (studies included in the same project), in Turkey religious belief directly determines the coping methods used, including the non-religious methods.

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STOCKHOLM, 2019. Vol. 58, no 4
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Cancer, Coping, Meaning-making coping, Religion, Culture, Turkey
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Health Care Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-393471DOI: DOI: 10.1007/s10943-018-0646-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-393471DiVA, id: diva2:1353514
Available from: 2019-09-23 Created: 2019-09-23 Last updated: 2019-09-23

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