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Hur hantera sin cancer?: En religionspsykologisk studie av copingprocesser i två skönlitterära verk
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Psychology of Religions.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to examine how cancer patients cope with their illness. Through a qualitative study of two books of autobiography, written by authors who suffered with cancer, I have analyzed how they cope with their disease based on three aspects: significance, stressors and coping strategies. These concepts are taken from Kenneth Pargament who researches the area psychology of religion. Further, the study intends to highlight how social aspects are included in the coping, as well as how general, religious and existential coping differ. The two main research questions thus follow as: 1) How do cancer patients’ coping appear? 2) How are social aspects included in the coping? The material for the study consists of two books of autobiography where cancer is involved. By content analysis of the material, central themes such as specific people and events in the authors’ lives have been emphasized, followed by a hermeneutic interpretation of these themes. Firstly, the recorded results show that the coping method of each patient varies and is much dependent on the personal experience of respective person. However, a common ground is found to be the importance of significance in the coping; experiences, places, relations and belongings that the patients apprehend as vital. In turn, the significance guides each person and allows him/her to form an orienting system. Secondly, the study shows that the social aspects are a very important facet in the coping process as it helps the cancer patient to actually manage the disease tolerably. Supposedly, Pargament’s theorization on coping is formed within the discourse of psychology of religion. However, this study is unique in the sense that it uses the same framework but accentuates existential outlooks instead of religious stances, and by such demonstrates cancer patients’ coping.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
cancer, coping, religion, nonreligious coping, religious coping, existential coping
Keyword [sv]
cancer, coping, religion, icke-religiös coping, religiös coping, existentiell coping
National Category
Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-216428OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-216428DiVA: diva2:689821
Subject / course
History of Religion and Social Sciences of Religion
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme
Available from: 2014-01-25 Created: 2014-01-21 Last updated: 2014-01-25Bibliographically approved

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