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Title: The adolescent experiences of individuals who later develop psychosis
Author: Medoro, Luigi
ISNI:       0000 0004 2698 6090
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2005
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This study aimed to explore the adolescent experiences of individuals that later develop psychosis. This included the nature of their relationships, how such relationships may have influenced the way individuals saw themselves and others, and how individuals experienced their life situation just prior to the onset of their psychotic experiences. This study was in response to the recent dearth of research exploring individuals' experiences of such interactions. Six individuals who experienced psychosis were interviewed and transcripts of their interviews were analysed using the qualitative methodology of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). From their responses, it appeared that the adolescent experienced intense resistance from their parents to their attempts to assert independence. Adolescents were confused and frightened by their parents' behaviour, which undermined their ability to respond. This contributed to a breakdown in communication, resulting in a deteriorating relationship with parents and, in some cases, with peers and siblings. Adolescents' thwarted independence, in turn, appeared to creat a crisis in identity. Such interactions appeared to occur within a family context characterised by conflict, confusion and emotional distance. When individuals began to experience psychosis, it was usually preceded by events that result in the adolescents negatively appraising themselves. The theoretical, clinical and research implications of these findings were then discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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