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Title: A qualitative exploration into adolescents' understanding of emotional difficulties in female peers
Author: Franken, Tessa
ISNI:       0000 0004 2721 0438
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2010
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The following narrative literature review considers the historical and social context in which understandings of mental health difficulties in women have developed. The review examines how these understandings have influenced certain women's accounts of their own psychological distress. It explores the conceptual frameworks used by some women to construct their mental health narratives. These include: the use of metaphors to represent the duality between their difficulties and their sense of self; the importance of accepting the illness and the limits it places on women; and the social context surrounding women with mental health difficulties. This review argues that within the peer-reviewed literature women's narratives of psychological distress remain relatively consistent despite shifts in services. Furthermore, commonalities in these women's mental health accounts reflect the influence of historical beliefs about mental health difficulties (e.g. 'madness' and 'badness') and socially constructed conceptualisations (e.g. the medical model of psychological distress). The findings of the literature review are discussed in relation to the development of mental health services.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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