Coping with Cancer in Sweden: A
Search for Meaning

Studia Sociologica Upsalensia No. 63


Edited by: Fereshteh Ahmadi
June 2015
Uppsala University
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9789155491567
184 Pages, Illustrated
$62.50 Paper original


The present book is a result of a several interconnected studies; sociological qualitative and quantitative research on individuals stricken by cancer as well as a study within caring sciences focusing on nurses working in cancer care. The aim of the book is to diversify the current research in the field of meaning making coping.

The sociological qualitative study aimed at investigating the prevalence of religious and spiritually oriented coping methods used by cancer patients in Sweden, which serves as an example of societies in which religion is not an integrated part of the social life on individuals. The study showed the existance of a strong tendency among informants towards relying primarily on themselves for solving problems related to their disease instead of on other sources such as God. The results indicated also the importance of those coping methods which are related to nature and in this way emphasized the impact of culture on coping.