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Title: Journey into psychosis : personal experiences of the time period leading up to psychosis
Author: Dar, S. K.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2699 340X
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2008
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This study aimed to explore the subjective experiences of people leading up to their first experiences of psychosis. It was conceptualised in response to the increased interest in mainstream psychiatry in this period (often termed the 'prodrome') within the paradigm of early intervention, for the purposes of identifying and intervening with people at risk of developing psychosis. Eight individuals were interviewed about their experiences and transcripts of these interviews were analysed using the qualitative research methodology of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. A number of themes were identified concerning issues of transition, identity, relationship, existence and withdrawal. For example, all participants described going through a major transition in their lives, which placed greater personal demands than they had the capacity and resources to manage. Conflicts in constructing a desirable identity in the face of an invalidating social context were also found to be pertinent in the participants' accounts. Themes concerning their relatedness to others highlighted experiences of extreme loneliness and isolation in the context of a desire for connection with others. These findings are discussed in relation to existing theories and their implications for understanding the development of psychosis. The implications of these findings for the concept of the 'prodrome' are also considered.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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