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Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy 

Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy
Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy
Psycho-Oncology (3 ed.)

Wendy G. Lichtenthal

, Allison J. Applebaum

, and William S. Breitbart


Clinicians who care for advanced cancer patients recognize that assisting patients with sustaining a sense of meaning in the face of death is often critical to their overall sense of spiritual well-being and quality of life. This chapter describes a brief manualized intervention, meaning-centered psychotherapy (MCP), designed to help patients with advanced cancer sustain or enhance a sense of meaning. Itprovides an overview of research on the link between spiritual well-being and psychological adjustment, then describes the theoretical rationale for MCP and provides an overview of the intervention content and session goals. Findings from randomized controlled trials of both individual and group formats of MCP demonstrating the efficacy of the intervention in enhancing meaning in advanced cancer patients are presented. It concludes by briefly discussing ways in which work on MCP will be carried forward, through dissemination and training efforts and through research to adapt the intervention for other populations.

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