The conceptualization of meaning in illness.

  title={The conceptualization of meaning in illness.},
  author={Betsy L. Fife},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  volume={38 2},
The focus of this paper is the development of a conceptualization of meaning within the context of serious illness. It is based on a symbolic interactionist perspective, with the significance of the concept of meaning for the process of adaptation being a primary point of discussion. Meaning, as it is defined here, refers to the perceived nature of the relationship between the individual and his/her world that is developed within the context of specific events. It is comprised of two… CONTINUE READING

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