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Narrative meaning making and integration: Toward a better understanding of the way falling ill influences quality of life.

Authors
  • Hartog, Iris1, 2
  • Scherer-Rath, Michael2
  • Kruizinga, Renske1
  • Netjes, Justine1
  • Henriques, José1
  • Nieuwkerk, Pythia1
  • Sprangers, Mirjam1
  • van Laarhoven, Hanneke1
  • 1 University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
  • 2 Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
May 01, 2020
Volume
25
Issue
6
Pages
738–754
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105317731823
PMID: 28948830
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Falling seriously ill is often experienced as a life event that causes conflict with people's personal goals and expectations in life and evokes existential questions. This article presents a new humanities approach to the way people make meaning of such events and how this influences their quality of life. Incorporating theories on contingency, narrative identity, and quality of life, we developed a theoretical model entailing the concepts life event, worldview, ultimate life goals, experience of contingency, narrative meaning making, narrative integration, and quality of life. We formulate testable hypotheses and describe the self-report questionnaire that was developed based on the model.

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