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Title: Staff perceptions of service users with a diagnosis of psychosis who use cannabis
Author: Blurton, Louise
ISNI:       0000 0004 2711 1157
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2010
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The relationship between cannabis and psychosis is a debated topic in the media, academic literature and by government officials. The present study explored mental health professionals' views about the relationship between cannabis and psychosis, in an apparent absence of their views in the current debate. The researcher interviewed 11 participants who were psychiatrists or mental health nurses, from community and inpatient mental health services, in an inner-London borough. The results were analysed using a grounded theory method, from a social constructionist epistemological stance. The accounts of participants were related to their theoretical understanding of the relationship between cannabis and psychosis, their confidence in working with service users who use cannabis, and their personal views about cannabis use. In drawing the results together, professionals' views were clustered around three central themes; the authority of the biological model; confidence and managing anxiety; adopting the professional role. The clinical implications and recommendations for future research are discussed, along with a critique of the methodology and limitations of the study. The researcher concludes that the debate on cannabis and psychosis is not being actively debated by mental health professionals in the current study. Exploration of alternative models to that of the biological model may permit different voices and opinions to be heard; including the professional and the service user.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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