The present book is a result of a several interconnected studies; sociological qualitative and quantitative research on individuals stricken by cancer as well as a study within caring sciences focusing on nurses working in cancer care. The aim of the book is to diversify the current research in the field of meaning-making coping.
The sociological qualitative study aimed at investigating the prevalence of religious and spiritually oriented coping methods used by cancer patients in Sweden, which serves as an example of societies in which religion is not an integrated part of the social life of individuals. The study showed the existence of a strong tendency among informants towards relying primarily on themselves for solving problems related to their disease instead of on other sources such as God. The results indicated also the importance of those coping methods which are related to nature and in this way emphasized the impact of culture on coping.
The qualitative study among oncology nurses shows that the dominant coping strategy is boundary demarcation. Religious coping is dominated by basic trust and prayer and can provide support.
The aim of the sociological quantitative study was to examine the extent to which the results obtained in the qualitative study among cancer patients were applicable to a wider population of cancer patients in Sweden. The result showed that the three most important coping methods used by the informants were related to nature.
Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015. , 184 p.