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16.03.2016 | Original Paper | Ausgabe 6/2016 Open Access

Journal of Religion and Health 6/2016

Exploring Existential Coping Resources: The Perspective of Koreans with Cancer

Journal of Religion and Health > Ausgabe 6/2016
Fereshteh Ahmadi, Jisung Park, Kyung Mee Kim, Nader Ahmadi


The present study aimed to explore the use of meaning-making coping (existential, spiritual, and religious coping) among cancer patients in Korea and to investigate the impact of culture on their choice of coping methods. Thirty-three participants with various kinds of cancer were interviewed. Four different kinds of coping resources emerged from analyses of the interview transcripts: (1) belief in the healing power of nature; (2) mind–body connection; (3) relying on transcendent power; and (4) finding oneself in relationships with others. The findings of this study suggest the importance of investigating cultural context when exploring the use of the meaning-making coping strategies in different countries.

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