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Cancer Storytelling: A Study of Well-Being Expressions Made by Patients

Brown, Gregory Martin (2018) Cancer Storytelling: A Study of Well-Being Expressions Made by Patients. Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling. pp. 37-44. ISSN 1542-3050

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Abstract

Many cancer patients tell their story to help others. This paper reports a study of 160 such stories, which were processed using a grounded theory methodology.

The stories were rich in emotional words and in metaphors and these, along with self-talk and meaning-for-life, provided
the commonest indications of the patients’ well-being. Cancer patients, through the process of telling their story, help
themselves and enhance their well-being. The method of active listening is described, with associated risks for professionals.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Cancer, grounded theory, metaphor, storytelling, wellbeing
Fields of Research: 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Pastoral Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2018 03:16
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2018 03:16
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3128

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