OBJECTIVE: This study explores men with advanced prostate cancers' own practices for promoting and maintaining emotional well-being using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
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DESIGN: Five men with advanced prostate cancer participated in face-to-face, semi-structured, in-depth interviews.
RESULTS: Within rich narratives of lost and regained well-being, two super-ordinate themes emerged - 'living with an imminent and uncertain death' and 'holding on to life.' Well-being was threatened by reduced sense of the future, isolation and uncertainty. Yet, the men pursued well-being by managing their emotions, striving for the future whilst enjoying life in the present, taking care of their families and renegotiating purpose. Running through participant's accounts was a preference for taking action and problem-solving. Sense of purpose, social connectedness, and life engagement were revealed as concepts central to improving well-being, indicating areas which practitioners could explore with men to help them re-establish personal goals and life purpose.
CONCLUSIONS: The findings also add weight to the evidence base for the potential value of psychological interventions such as cognitive behaviour therapy and mindfulness in men with prostate cancer.
Levy A, Cartwright T. Are you the author?
Department of Psychology, University of Westminster, London, UK.
Reference: Psychol Health. 2015 May 15:1-19.