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Title: Making sense of psychosis : experiences of young British Pakistani women and the impact of self-stigmatisation
Author: Goodwin, Anna
ISNI:       0000 0004 2724 6991
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2011
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Chapter one examines the literature concerning the potential consequences of selfstigmatisation in individuals with schizophrenia and related disorders. Eighteen international papers concerning the impact of self-stigma on a range of psychosocial outcomes are reviewed in detail. Methodological limitations of the research base are considered, including the inappropriate measurement of self-stigma and the need for a greater number of longitudinal studies incorporating more sophisticated statistical analysis. The clinical implications of the findings are considered including the need for greater awareness of the consequences of self-stigma amongst mental health clinicians. Areas for future research are also proposed. Chapter two reports on an empirical investigation into the experiences of young British Pakistani women recovering from psychosis. Five women were recruited from a UK Early Intervention Service to participate in semi-structured interviews. Interviews focused on the women’s beliefs about their experiences, the factors they believed had facilitated their recovery and the impact of their experiences on their sense of self and feelings about the future. Interview data was analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Four super-ordinate themes emerged from the data. These themes were largely consistent with findings from other qualitative studies in early psychosis. The clinical implications of the findings are discussed including the need for clinical staff to engage meaningfully with service users’ explanatory models of psychosis and to establish effective working alliances with their families. Methodological limitations of the study and areas for future research are considered. Chapter three contains therapeutic letters written by the author as part of an exercise in reflective writing. The letters contain personal insights gained throughout the course of the research and reflections on the emotional experience of conducting research interviews.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; RC Internal medicine