Systematic review of meaning in life assessment instruments.

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serval:BIB_6D6E9FE92CA8
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Publications
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Title
Systematic review of meaning in life assessment instruments.
Journal
Psycho-Oncology
Author(s)
Brandstätter M., Baumann U., Borasio G.D., Fegg M.J.
ISSN
1099-1611 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
1057-9249
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2012
Volume
21
Number
10
Pages
1034-1052
Language
english
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Publication types: Journal ArticlePublication Status: ppublish
Abstract
BACKGROUND: The construct of "meaning in life" (MiL) has raised the interest of clinicians working in psycho-oncology and end-of-life care. It has become a topic of scientific investigation where diverse assessment approaches have been applied. Aims: We present a comprehensive systematic review of existing MiL assessment instruments.
METHODS: Electronic searches of articles published in English peer-reviewed journals were performed in Psycinfo, Medline, Embase and Cinahl. Instruments are appraised with regard to ten measurement properties.
RESULTS: In total, 59 nomothetic and idiographic MiL instruments were identified. Most instruments were developed in North America and meet basic psychometric criteria. They assess presence of and search for MiL, crisis and sources of MiL, meaning making, meaningful activity, MiL in the context of illness, breadth, depth, and other structural indicators. These aspects are largely consistent with existing MiL definitions. Nine out of 59 instruments included cancer populations in test development.
CONCLUSIONS: This overview of available instruments underscores the complexity of the construct and might assist researchers to select an appropriate instrument for their research needs. Finally, it points to the need for more integrative theorizing and research on MiL. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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