A developmental perspective on existential distress and adaptation to advanced disease

Lo, Chris (2018) A developmental perspective on existential distress and adaptation to advanced disease. Psycho-Oncology, 27 (11). pp. 2657-2660.

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Abstract

- The confrontation with death imposed by advanced cancer or other illness can trigger existential concerns about the meaning and value of life.

- From an Eriksonian perspective, the ability to come to terms with the end of life is influenced by one's developmental history and life stage prior to illness.

- The experience of advanced disease may re-awaken for some patients developmental issues that they had thought long resolved, as physical deterioration removes functional capacities in a manner reminiscent of a reversal of early development.

- The threat of mortality may accelerate individuals through the latter stages of human development to engage in a process of life review, for whom those at earlier stages of psychosocial development are less prepared to undergo.

- Generativity may offer protection against existential distress, because the sense of meaning in life may often reside in feelings of nurturance and contribution to others.

Item ID: 69139
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 1099-1611
Keywords: cancer, death anxiety, development, end‐of‐life, existential distress
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2021 02:49
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200105 Treatment of human diseases and conditions @ 100%
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