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Article: Autobiographical timeline: A narrative and life story approach in understanding meaning-making in cancer patients
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TitleAutobiographical timeline: A narrative and life story approach in understanding meaning-making in cancer patients
 
AuthorsLeung, PPY1
 
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
 
CitationIllness Crisis And Loss, 2010, v. 18 n. 2, p. 111-127 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/IL.18.2.c
 
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.
 
ISSN1054-1373
 
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.2190/IL.18.2.c
 
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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.
 
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dc.identifier.citationIllness Crisis And Loss, 2010, v. 18 n. 2, p. 111-127 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/IL.18.2.c
 
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dc.publisher.placeUnited States
 
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dc.subjectcancer
 
dc.subjectconstructivist research
 
dc.subjectcoping
 
dc.subjectlife story
 
dc.subjectmeaning
 
dc.subjectnarrative research
 
dc.titleAutobiographical timeline: A narrative and life story approach in understanding meaning-making in cancer patients
 
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong