This project examines how one can maintain a healthy life during a cancer process, including how one cope with a stressor such as cancer and which impact this coping has on the individual’s health. Furthermore, it examines how an individual’s understanding of health changes while during and after a cancer process. The project applies a hermeneutic approach and includes a one-man interview and a group interview with a total of four people who have all gone through a cancer process. In order to analyse the empirical material in relation to examining the project’s problem statement three different theorists are applied: Aaron Antonovsky, Steen Wackerhausen and Richard S. Lazarus. Antonovsky's Sense of Coherence is applied in order to analyse the informants’ abilities to comprehend, manage and find meaning with their cancer. Wackerhausen’s broad understanding of health is used to identify which understandings of health the informants had while battling cancer and have today. Finally, Lazarus’ theories of coping with stress is applied in order to analyse the informants’ appraisals of the stressor and coping strategies, as well as how this contributed to the maintenance of health.
Lastly the project discusses what impact the selection of methods and theories had on the answering of the project's problem statement.
The project concludes that in the case of these four individuals the understanding of health has changed from a biomedical understanding of health to a broader understanding of health while battling cancer and as a result thereof. Furthermore, it concludes that in the case of these four individuals a strong sense of coherence and ability to cope with stressors such as cancer, is favourable in maintaining a healthy life during a cancer process.
|Uddannelser||Sundhedsfremme og Sundhedsstrategier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||2 jun. 2016|
|Vejledere||Emilie Marie Andres|