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Title: Mad, bad and dangerous to know? : a study looking at how people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia experience negative cultural representations and discrimination
Author: Vakili, Kian
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2003
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Abstract:
In this thesis I present the results of an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) of the experience of negative cultural representations and discrimination for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. An overview of the literature examining the public's attitudes towards 'schizophrenia' and mental health shows the impact of the experiences of cultural representations and discrimination on service users. In this context I examine literature on identity, behaviour and mental health. It is suggested that what is needed to increase our understanding of the impact of prejudice and discrimination is a more sensitive analysis that draws out some of the complexities of these experiences from the service user's perspective. An account is given of theoretical and procedural issues associated with qualitative research and I PA. I then go on to present an analysis of the interviews of eight participants with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Five themes emerged from these accounts that provide a greater understanding of people's experiences of negative cultural representations and discrimination and their efforts to resist and challenge these. The themes suggest that these experiences are all implicated in the person's identity, behaviour and mental health. A reflexive critical review of the research is provided. Finally the implications of this study are discussed and suggestions are made for how we can address discrimination.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.614648  DOI: Not available
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