Analysis of interlinked descriptions of entities - objects, events, situations or abstract concepts – while also encoding the semantics

Id 596
Author Bálint Á., Magyari J.
Title The use of bibliotherapy in revealing and addressing the spiritual needs of cancer patients

Bálint Á., Magyari J.; The use of bibliotherapy in revealing and addressing the spiritual needs of cancer patients ;Religions vol:11 issue: 3.0 page:

Keywords Creative bibliotherapy; Group psychotherapy; Interactive bibliotherapy; Nonterminal cancer patients; Spiritual needs
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Abstract Assessing and addressing spiritual needs is a key factor in the quality of life and overall wellbeing of cancer patients. However, the evolution and diversification of assessment tools has not automatically been followed by their successful implementation; thus, addressing unmet needs continues to be a concern. In this paper, we examine the place of bibliotherapy (also called reading therapy or poetry therapy) as a group intervention in the oncological setting in revealing spiritual needs. We show that it represents not only a useful intervention but may also provide instant relief and reduce spiritual suffering. Bibliotherapy understood and practiced as a subtle balance of texts and group processes alleviates cognitive and emotional symptoms of a spiritual concern and facilitates finding meaning in life in general and illness in particular. As an intervention, it is effective, affordable and attractive; moreover, it equips patients receiving treatment and rehabilitation with the lifelong skill of reflective reading. Bibliotherapy is easily tailored to almost any needs and promotes self-expression, which provides spiritual fulfillment in itself. © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.



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