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The Use of Bibliotherapy in Revealing and Addressing the Spiritual Needs of Cancer Patients

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Doctoral School of Reformed Theology, Debrecen Reformed Theological University, 4026 Debrecen, Hungary
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Onco-radiology Clinic, Clinical Center, University of Debrecen, 4032 Debrecen, Hungary
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Religions 2020, 11(3), 128; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11030128
Received: 13 February 2020 / Revised: 9 March 2020 / Accepted: 11 March 2020 / Published: 14 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Spiritual Care for People with Cancer)
Assessing and addressing spiritual needs is a key factor in the quality of life and overall wellbeing of cancer patients. However, the evolution and diversification of assessment tools has not automatically been followed by their successful implementation; thus, addressing unmet needs continues to be a concern. In this paper, we examine the place of bibliotherapy (also called reading therapy or poetry therapy) as a group intervention in the oncological setting in revealing spiritual needs. We show that it represents not only a useful intervention but may also provide instant relief and reduce spiritual suffering. Bibliotherapy understood and practiced as a subtle balance of texts and group processes alleviates cognitive and emotional symptoms of a spiritual concern and facilitates finding meaning in life in general and illness in particular. As an intervention, it is effective, affordable and attractive; moreover, it equips patients receiving treatment and rehabilitation with the lifelong skill of reflective reading. Bibliotherapy is easily tailored to almost any needs and promotes self-expression, which provides spiritual fulfillment in itself. View Full-Text
Keywords: spiritual needs; nonterminal cancer patients; interactive bibliotherapy; creative bibliotherapy; group psychotherapy spiritual needs; nonterminal cancer patients; interactive bibliotherapy; creative bibliotherapy; group psychotherapy
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Bálint, Á.; Magyari, J. The Use of Bibliotherapy in Revealing and Addressing the Spiritual Needs of Cancer Patients. Religions 2020, 11, 128. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11030128

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Bálint Á, Magyari J. The Use of Bibliotherapy in Revealing and Addressing the Spiritual Needs of Cancer Patients. Religions. 2020; 11(3):128. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11030128

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Bálint, Ágnes; Magyari, Judit. 2020. "The Use of Bibliotherapy in Revealing and Addressing the Spiritual Needs of Cancer Patients" Religions 11, no. 3: 128. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11030128

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