Quality of Life Research

, Volume 15, Issue 8, pp 1355–1371

Measuring meaning in life following cancer

  • Heather S. Jim
  • Jason Q. Purnell
  • Susan A. Richardson
  • Deanna Golden-Kreutz
  • Barbara L. Andersen
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11136-006-0028-6

Cite this article as:
Jim, H.S., Purnell, J.Q., Richardson, S.A. et al. Qual Life Res (2006) 15: 1355. doi:10.1007/s11136-006-0028-6

Abstract

Meaning in life is a multi-faceted construct that has been conceptualized in diverse ways. It refers broadly to the value and purpose of life, important life goals, and for some, spirituality. We developed a measure of meaning in life derived from this conceptualization and designed to be a synthesis of relevant theoretical and empirical traditions. Two samples, all cancer patients, provided data for scale development and psychometric study. From exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses the Meaning in Life Scale (MiLS) emerged, and includes four aspects: Harmony and Peace, Life Perspective, Purpose and Goals, Confusion and Lessened Meaning, and Benefits of Spirituality. Supporting data for reliability (internal consistency, test–retest) and construct validity (convergent, discriminant, individual differences) are provided. The MiLS offers a theoretically based and psychometrically sound assessment of meaning in life suitable for use with cancer patients.

Keywords

Cancer Meaning Quality of life Spirituality Survivor 

Copyright information

© Springer 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather S. Jim
    • 1
  • Jason Q. Purnell
    • 1
  • Susan A. Richardson
    • 1
  • Deanna Golden-Kreutz
    • 2
  • Barbara L. Andersen
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Department of Cardiology, College of MedicineThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychology and the OSU Comprehensive Cancer CenterThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA