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Title: Women's experience of addiction and recovery
Author: Shinebourne, Pnina
ISNI:       0000 0004 2716 1891
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 2010
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Most research on addiction has been dominated by quantitative methodologies, although there has been increasing interest in qualitative approaches. The primary aim of this thesis is to contribute to a psychological understanding of experiences of addiction and recovery, considered from a phenomenological interpretative perspective. This investigation adds to the small number of IPA studies in this field. It focuses on the experiences of addiction and recovery, the ways participants make sense of their experiences in the contexts in which they occur, and the interpretations which can be discerned from participants' accounts. The thesis consists of four empirical studies. The first study presents an in-depth single case study illuminating how experiences of addiction and accompanying feelings, thoughts and expressions appear to the participant in the context of her life. The second study broadened the enquiry by including a small group of participants. This provides an opportunity for examining similarities and differences between participants across cases and moving towards making more general claims. At the same time, because of the small sample size it was possible to maintain an idiographic focus on the individual participants' accounts of their experiences. The third study extended the scope of IPA's approaches to data collection and analysis by using visual material in conjunction with interviews. This provides another perspective from which to investigate how participants experience and understand their process of recovery from addiction in ways not possible with verbal accounts or visual material alone. The fourth study extended the scope of the research by focusing on the less well researched area of the experiences of long-term recovery from addiction, in contrast to the three previous studies in which participants have been involved in their respective programmes of recovery for between one and two years. The thesis concludes with critical reflections and an indication of limitations as well as possibilities for future research and practice.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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