How Do People Use Meaning to Cope? Clarifying the Meaning Making Construct

dc.contributor.advisorHausdorf, Peter
dc.contributor.authorGilbert, Christina
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-03T15:30:37Z
dc.date.available2021-09-03T15:30:37Z
dc.date.copyright2021-09
dc.date.created2021-08-25
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Psychologyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.degree.programmePsychologyen_US
dc.description.abstractWhen coping with a stressful event, some individuals attempt to alter the way in which the situation is understood or appraised. This is a form of coping known as meaning making. Meaning making has been referenced repeatedly in coping research literature, however, construct clarity is severely lacking as there is no consistency in terminology, theory, or measurement. This is problematic as it hinders researchers’ ability to interpret, understand, and apply the phenomenon. To address this gap, six individuals participated in in-depth semi-structured interviews to discuss their experience of using meaning to cope through a stressful event. Interpretive phenomenological analysis was used to examine how meaning was used throughout their coping process and how meaning contributed to the outcomes of their experience. Emergent themes were identified and compared to prior meaning making theories to discuss consistencies, discrepancies, and novel findings. Theoretical, methodological, and practical implications of the findings are discussed.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/26345
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectmeaning makingen_US
dc.subjectcopingen_US
dc.subjectstressen_US
dc.subjectconstruct clarificationen_US
dc.subjectIPAen_US
dc.subjectmeaning-focused copingen_US
dc.titleHow Do People Use Meaning to Cope? Clarifying the Meaning Making Constructen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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