Global meaning and psychological adjustment among survivors of bone marrow transplant

Suzanne M. Johnson Vickberg, Katherine N. Duhamel, Meredith Y. Smith, Sharon L. Manne, Gary Winkel, Esperanza B. Papadopoulos, William H. Redd

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The purpose of the present study was to examine global meaning (i.e. the belief that life has purpose and coherence) and psychological adjustment in survivors of bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Eighty-five survivors of BMT participated in a telephone interview. Regression analyses demonstrated that after controlling for physical functioning, stressor severity, and gender, global meaning was inversely related to global psychological distress and BMT-related psychological distress (i.e. posttraumatic stress disorder-like symptoms related to the cancer treatment). Global meaning was also positively related to mental health aspects of quality of life (e.g. emotional functioning and social functioning). These findings suggest that global meaning may be an important factor in the psychological adjustment of BMT survivors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-39
Number of pages11
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


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