Child Health Nurs Res.  2017 Jan;23(1):37-47. 10.4094/chnr.2017.23.1.37.

Experiences of Meaning in Life among Elementary School Students: Content Analysis Based on Major Concepts of Logotherapy

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Sahmyook University, Seoul, Korea. kangka@syu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of the meaning in life for elementary school students.
METHODS
The conceptual framework was based on the five main concepts (meaning in life, creativity, experiences, attitudes, choice and responsibility) of logotherapy. Data from 1,600 higher grade elementary school students were analyzed for content of meaning in life.
RESULTS
The experiences of meaning in life were identified as follows: Important things in my life (people close to me, things that brings me happiness, to live in earnest, surrounding environment), Activities I like to do (relaxing, achievements, family relationships), Experiences that made me feel like I am loved (taken care of by family, material recompense, being respected), Times when I feel grateful (receive love and care, health), Importance of choices (consequences of bad choices, result of good life choices).
CONCLUSION
These results suggest that elementary school students can understand meaningcentered health education and this kind of education is necessary to promote their wholistic health.

Keyword

Life; Psychotherapy; Students
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