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A Time for Listening and CaringSpirituality and the Care of the Chronically Ill and
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Christina M. Puchalski

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195146820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146820.001.0001

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Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients

Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients

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(p.269) 17 Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients
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A Time for Listening and Caring
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Christina M. Puchalski (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146820.003.0017

This chapter discusses the concept and principle of so-called meaning-centered group psychotherapy for cancer patients, explaining that this form of therapy is designed to help patients with advanced cancer sustain or enhance a sense of meaning, peace, and purpose, even as they approach the end of life. It highlights the contribution of Viktor Frankl in the study of meaning for humans, explores the role of spirituality in meaning making, and discusses prior research of psychotherapeutic interventions for meaning.

Keywords:   group psychotherapy, meaning-centered psychotherapy, cancer patients, meaning, Viktor Frankl, meaning making, spirituality

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