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Title: A portfolio of work on the concept and impact of agency in counselling psychology
Author: Loft, Jodie Leanne
ISNI:       0000 0004 2721 210X
Awarding Body: City University
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2011
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This study explores the subjective experience of eight individuals, 7 female and 1 male who have received a clinical diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) or its equivalent diagnosis; emotionally unstable personality disorder - borderline type (EUPD) in the UK psychiatry system. Using a semi-structured interview, the author aimed to investigate the narratives told by individuals whom have received this diagnosis, with specific reference to the concept of agency. A narrative analysis (NA) based on the Hiles & Cerrnak (2007) model of analysis, revealed eight idiosyncratic life narratives, which indicate that individuals with the aforementioned diagnoses conceptualise their agency in terms of interpersonal and intrapsychic processes. Narrative content was consistent with the diagnostic criteria of both the DSM-IV and the ICD-10 manuals; however there was a wide divergence of how participants identified with their diagnosis. The study finds support for the notion of early experiences leading to narrative 'life scripts.' The implication for service provision is discussed, and increased training and clinical supervision are considered in light of NICE (2009) guidance.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology