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Titolo:
Structuring the meaning of hope in health and illness
Autore:
Nekolaichuk, CL; Jevne, RF; Maguire, TO;
Indirizzi:
Univ Alberta, Dept Educ Psychol, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada Univ Alberta Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2G5 hol, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada
Titolo Testata:
SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE
fascicolo: 5, volume: 48, anno: 1999,
pagine: 591 - 605
SICI:
0277-9536(199903)48:5<591:STMOHI>2.0.ZU;2-H
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
QUALITY-OF-LIFE; CANCER-PATIENTS; HOPEFULNESS; INSTRUMENT; ONCOLOGY; FUTURE; ILL;
Keywords:
hope; meaning; health; illness; semantic differential technique; measurement;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
71
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Nekolaichuk, CL Univ Alberta, Dept Oncol, Grey Nuns Community Hosp, Room 4011,1100 Youville Univ Alberta Room 4011,1100 Youville Dr W Edmonton AB Canada T6L 5X8
Citazione:
C.L. Nekolaichuk et al., "Structuring the meaning of hope in health and illness", SOCIAL SC M, 48(5), 1999, pp. 591-605

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to describe a conceptual model for hope that captures the personal meaning of this construct within the context of health and illness. To identify this model, a research tool was created based onthe semantic differential technique, a well-validated and often used approach for quantifying personal or connotative meaning. This tool was distributed in the form of a questionnaire to a voluntary sample (n - 550), consisting of three primary subsamples: a healthy adult subsample (n = 146), a chronic and life-threatening illness subsample (n = 159) and a nursing subsample (n = 206). A multidimensional structure for the concept, Hope, was identified, using principal components analysis. Three primary factors defined this structure: personal spirit (personal dimension) risk (situational dimension) and authentic caring (interpersonal dimension). Personal spirit, a dominant factor, is characterized by a holistic configuration of hope elements, revolving around a con theme of meaning. Risk is primarily a predictability factor, targeted with an underlying component of boldness. The authentic caring factor has a substantial credibility component, linked with the theme of comfort. Three distinctive features characterize this model: (a) itsability to capture the dynamic qualitative experience of hope within a holistic multidimensional quantitative framework, (b) its representation of hope as a location in three-dimensional space and (c) its sensitivity to individual and group variability. This integrative model deepens our understanding of the experience of hope within health and illness at the theoretical,clinical and methodological levels. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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