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Article: Autobiographical timeline: A narrative and life story approach in understanding meaning-making in cancer patients

TitleAutobiographical timeline: A narrative and life story approach in understanding meaning-making in cancer patients
Authors
Keywordscancer
constructivist research
coping
life story
meaning
narrative research
Issue Date2010
PublisherBaywood Publishing Co., Inc.. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.baywood.com/journals/previewjournals.asp?id=1054-1373
Citation
Illness Crisis And Loss, 2010, v. 18 n. 2, p. 111-127 How to Cite?
Abstract
Coping with cancer presents a formidable challenge. Finding meaning, or making sense of the disease, has been shown to have positive benefits for the individual. This article introduces an innovative qualitative method-the autobiographical timeline interview-in research on the illness experience, as demonstrated in a study to understand the meaning-making process for Chinese women with breast cancer. This method integrates narrative technique and life story approach in facilitating research participants to explore and articulate the meaning they constructed of their cancer experience. It allows in-depth understanding into a phenomenon with adherence to methodological and scientific rigor. The emphasis of this article is on the discussion of the research method and how it elucidates participants' subjective realities in light of their cultural, temporal, and social contexts. The research process not only promotes evidence-based reflective practice but is also an empowering experience for the participants. © 2010, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/123923
ISSN
2013 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.174
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dc.contributor.authorLeung, PPYen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-08T02:17:29Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-08T02:17:29Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationIllness Crisis And Loss, 2010, v. 18 n. 2, p. 111-127en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1054-1373en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/123923-
dc.description.abstractCoping with cancer presents a formidable challenge. Finding meaning, or making sense of the disease, has been shown to have positive benefits for the individual. This article introduces an innovative qualitative method-the autobiographical timeline interview-in research on the illness experience, as demonstrated in a study to understand the meaning-making process for Chinese women with breast cancer. This method integrates narrative technique and life story approach in facilitating research participants to explore and articulate the meaning they constructed of their cancer experience. It allows in-depth understanding into a phenomenon with adherence to methodological and scientific rigor. The emphasis of this article is on the discussion of the research method and how it elucidates participants' subjective realities in light of their cultural, temporal, and social contexts. The research process not only promotes evidence-based reflective practice but is also an empowering experience for the participants. © 2010, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.en_HK
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherBaywood Publishing Co., Inc.. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.baywood.com/journals/previewjournals.asp?id=1054-1373en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofIllness Crisis and Lossen_HK
dc.subjectcanceren_HK
dc.subjectconstructivist researchen_HK
dc.subjectcopingen_HK
dc.subjectlife storyen_HK
dc.subjectmeaningen_HK
dc.subjectnarrative researchen_HK
dc.titleAutobiographical timeline: A narrative and life story approach in understanding meaning-making in cancer patientsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailLeung, PPY: pamelalt@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.2190/IL.18.2.cen_HK
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dc.identifier.volume18en_HK
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dc.identifier.spage111en_HK
dc.identifier.epage127en_HK
dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_HK
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridLeung, PPY=26032631300en_HK

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