Assessing meaning and meaning making in the context of stressful life events: Measurement tools and approaches

This is a member only resource

Become a Member » Log In »
Assessing meaning and meaning making in the context of stressful life events: Measurement tools and approaches

Theory and research on meaning has proliferated in recent years focusing on both global meaning and processes of making meaning from difficult life events such as trauma and serious illness. However the measurement of meaning constructs lags behind theoretical conceptualizations hindering empirical progress. In this paper we first delineate a meaning-making framework that integrates current theorizing about meaning and meaning making. From the vantage of this framework we then describe and evaluate current approaches to assessing meaning-related phenomena including global meaning and situational meaning constructs. We conclude with suggestions for an integrative approach to assessing meaning-related constructs in future research.

Citation: 
The Journal of Positive Psychology , 2013

Become a Member

The IOC is a global community of coaches.

Join

Contact Us

  • Institute of Coaching
  • McLean Hospital
  • 115 Mill Street, Mail Stop 314
  • Belmont, MA 02478
  • Phone: 617-767-2670
  • [email protected]