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Child Health Nursing Research 2015;21(1):74-81.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4094/chnr.2015.21.1.74
Predictors of Meaning in Life in Adolescents with Leukemia.
Sung Sil Hong, Ho Ran Park
1Graduate School, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
2College of Nursing, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. hrpark@catholic.ac.kr
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify predictors of spiritual well-being and meaning in life for adolescents with leukemia. METHODS: Participants were 102 adolescents (11-21 years) recruited at C university hospital from June to August in 2014. The eligible participants were diagnosed with leukemia and are on follow-up care at the outpatient clinic. Participants were assessed for spiritual well-being, meaning in life, self-esteem, and social support. RESULTS: Levels of spiritual well-being and meaning in life for these adolescents with leukemia were 3.69 out of 6 and 3.10 out of 4, respectively. Self-esteem and social support from family were factors affecting spiritual well-being. Self-esteem, existential well-being and social support from family and friends were predictive for meaning in life and accounted for 68% of total variance. CONCLUSION: The results show that there are several factors affecting spiritual well-being and meaning in life in adolescents with leukemia. Therefore, nursing intervention programs for adolescents with leukemia should include strengthening self-esteem and social support as well as considering the spiritual aspect of life in order to find meaning in life beyond leukemia.
Key words: Adolescent; Leukemia; Spiritual well-being; Meaning in life
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