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Title: Relating on psychiatric inpatient units
Author: Cheetham, John L. H.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5350 8764
Awarding Body: Canterbury Christ Church University
Current Institution: Canterbury Christ Church University
Date of Award: 2014
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Research has shown interpersonal relationships to influence experiences of inpatient psychiatric services. This study explored staff and service-users’ talk about relating, and consequences of available/limited social actions. A Foucauldian discourse analysis was used to analyse transcripts from semi-structured interviews and focus groups with current inpatient staff members and service-users with prior experience of being a psychiatric inpatient. Two focus groups (service-users n=10; staff n=6) and five interviews (service-users n=2; staff n=3) were held, with participants responding to questions regarding the discursive object of ‘experiences of relating on inpatient wards’. A dominant ‘medical-technical-legal discourse’ was seen, with two counter-discourses of ‘ordinary humane relating’, and ‘person-centred’. A ‘civil rights’ discourse was drawn on by service-users in the tensions between discourses. The study concluded that the medical-technical-legal discourse perpetuates notions of mental illness as impenetrable to relating. Fearing of causing harm and staff positions of legal accountability generates mistrust, obstructing relating. Ordinary humane relating was vital for service-users in regaining a sense of self. Through ordinary humane relating, a therapeutic relationship could develop, as constructed through a person-centred discourse.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HM1106 Interpersonal relations. Social behavior ; RA0790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention ; RC0435 Psychiatry