Theory of meaning in chronic illness and pregnancy following stillbirth

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Weathers, Elizabeth
Murphy, Margaret M.
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This chapter discusses the Theory of Meaning or Logotheory, a theory concerned with finding meaning in life. It explains the core concepts of the theory, the relationship among the core concepts, and the theory’s relationship to other disciplines and to nursing metaparadigm concepts. The chapter presents an analysis of the theory using Fawcett’s evaluative framework for theory analysis. It explores recommendations for future research and application in nursing practice. Logotheory is based upon three core tenets: freedom of will, will to meaning, and meaning in life. Logotheory postulates that the primary motivation of human beings is to seek meaning in life and in life events. Logotheory has been applied to many diverse health contexts and has gained most recognition in terms of mental health and psychotherapy. The chapter also presents an analysis and evaluation of Logotheory in terms of guiding future research on chronic illness and pregnancy loss.
Nursing and midwifery , Theory , Discipline specific research , Theory of Meaning , Logotherapy , Health care services , Meaning in life , Nursing practice , Pregnancy loss , Psychotherapy , Qualitative research , Theory of Meaning , Traumatic events
Weathers, E. and Murphy, M. M. (2014) 'Theory of meaning in chronic illness and pregnancy following stillbirth', in Fitzpatrick, J. J. and McCarthy, G. (eds.) Theories Guiding Nursing Research and Practice. New York: Springer Publications, pp. 323-370. doi: 10.1891/9780826164056.0020
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