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Title: Neurological conditions : an exploration of positive consequences
Author: Durran, Marianne J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2724 6713
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2011
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It appears that over time, individuals appraise challenging health situations differently; they take a variety of meanings from them and report differing outcomes for similar events (Scherer, Shorr, & Johnstone, 2001). This variability has been attributed to differences in coping processes employed by individuals. Chapter 1 is a critical review of the evidence for Positive Growth in Multiple Sclerosis (MS PG). Whilst MS PG is not reported by all individuals with the condition, evidence suggests that it is particularly evident in areas of psychosocial functioning and health benefits. Implications for future research and clinical practice are also discussed. The wide reaching implications which invariably arise as a result of neurological conditions affect people’s families as well as individuals, this can lead to re-appraisal of circumstances in family member’s themselves. Chapter 2 examines the implications a partner’s stroke has on a spouse’s own health and their desire to remain healthy. 8 females were interviewed using semi-structured interviews. Within this chapter a grounded theory model is proposed which describes barriers and facilitators to an individual’s health following their partner’s stroke. Within the results section the 3 main categories and 11 sub-categories are illustrated by participant quotes. Clinical implications, methodological limitations and directions for future research are outlined. The final chapter, a reflective account, introduces and reflects upon the research process using therapeutic letters. This chapter also explores the dual purpose of therapeutic letters and includes two letters; one to the research participants and one to the principal researcher. The usefulness of each letter is assessed in terms of the functions identified for therapeutic letters. Finally the author reflects and decides upon whether to send the letter to participants.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; RC Internal medicine