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Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Cancer Survivors 

Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Cancer Survivors
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Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Cancer Survivors
Author(s):

Nadia van der Spek

and Irma Verdonck-de Leeuw

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199837229.003.0005
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date: 15 April 2021

Meaning-focused coping is important in cancer survivorship because it is strongly related to successful adjustment and psychological well-being after cancer diagnosis. This chapter provides background information on meaning-making processes in cancer survivors and describes a four-step adaptation process of meaning-centered group psychotherapy for cancer survivors (MCGP-CS). Step 1 was a focus group study on meaning-making issues in Dutch cancer survivors. In step 2, expert meetings on meaning-making in cancer survivorship were conducted. Step 3 comprised the adaptation of the MCGP manual, and step 4 was a pilot study to test the feasibility of the adapted manual. Finally, the results of a randomized controlled trial on the efficacy of MCGP-CS and a client satisfaction evaluation are provided, and some recommendations for future adaptations to implement MDCG-CS in clinical practice are proposed.

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