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Title: Exploring young adult service users' perspectives on mental health recovery
Author: McCauley , Claire Odile
ISNI:       0000 0004 5369 8828
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2015
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Aims and Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore young adult service users' (18-35) perspectives on mental health recovery. Objectives included the exploration of factors that feature in an individual's perspective of recovery; the investigation of meaning and growth in suffering and the exploration of the 'temporality of being' within young adults' conceptualisation of recovery. Theoretical Perspective: The study was informed by a dual theoretical framework including Eriksson's (2006) theory on "The Suffering Human Being" and Kleinman's (1988) theory on explanatory models to explore young adult service user's understanding of recovery. Method: The study involved a three phased qualitative design. Phase 1: A concept analysis of recovery was conducted using Rodgers' (2000) evolutionary method. Phase 2: Two engagement groups with service users were undertaken to co-produce a semistructured interview schedule. Phase 3: Semi structured qualitative interviews with 25 young adult services users were conducted to ensure an in depth understanding of their recovery. Findings: Phase one findings propose a new conceptual definition suggesting the term "recovery" is not reflective of the identified conceptual characteristics. Phase two developed a collaborative co-production with service users of a semi-structured interview schedule used in phase three. Phase three findings revealed recovery is understood as an unchatted, timely and personal process of engaging and transcending pain. Perceived barriers to mental health recovery and the internal dynamics experienced within the process have been highlighted. Recovery acquires real life relevance when applied to the contextual factors that provide meaning in life. Conclusion: This research study has contributed to the knowledge base by revealing the hidden internal processes experienced within mental health recovery and how it is cognised. A novel comparison has been presented between the conceptual characteristics of recovery and how the concept is understood and lived by young adult service users.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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