Men’s strategies for preserving emotional well-being in advanced prostate cancer: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

Levy, A. and Cartwright, T. 2015. Men’s strategies for preserving emotional well-being in advanced prostate cancer: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Psychology and Health. 30 (10), pp. 1164-82. doi:10.1080/08870446.2015.1040016

TitleMen’s strategies for preserving emotional well-being in advanced prostate cancer: an interpretative phenomenological analysis
AuthorsLevy, A. and Cartwright, T.
Abstract

Objective
This study explores men with advanced prostate cancers’ own practices for promoting and maintaining emotional well-being using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
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.

Keywordsprostate cancer, qualitative, lived experience, well-being, self-management, coping
JournalPsychology and Health
Journal citation30 (10), pp. 1164-82
ISSN0887-0446
Year2015
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Cover sheet attachedLevy_Cartwright_2015_final_author_version.pdf
Publisher's versionLevy & Cartwright (2015) Strategies for preserving wellbeing in advanced prostate cancer.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/08870446.2015.1040016
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2015.1040016
Publication dates
Published15 May 2015

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