Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients

Christina M. Puchalski

in A Time for Listening and Caring

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195146820
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999866 | DOI:
Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients

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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

Chapter.  5258 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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