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Title: Wording the pain : an exploration of meaning-makings around emotions and self-injury
Author: Josselin, Daphne
Awarding Body: City University London
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2013
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Non-suicidal self-injury is a complex behaviour influenced by a wide range of biological, psychological, sQcial and cultural factors. In an attempt to inform counselling psychology practice and research, this piece of work focuses on the individual meanings attached to self-harming, and more precisely on the ways in which someone engaging in repetitive self-injury may construct and convey her unique experience. A set of three interviews conduCted with the same participant is analysed using three different interpretative lenses: interpretative phenomenological analysis, narrative analysis and a psychosocial approach. The result is a rich, multi-layered , understanding of one individual's experience of the behaviour, a reading that privileges complexity, intersubjectivity and openness over theoretical parsimony. The thesis also shows how the adoption of a reflexive stance, continuous engagement with the text, and close attention to the participant's well-being can · be used to tackle the significant epistemological, methodological and ethical challenges raised by a pluralist approach. Overall this doctoral research illustrates the value of qualitative pluralism as a mixed methods approach enabling researchers and scientist-practitioners to engage more deeply with the subjective meanings attached to severe emotional and behavioural difficulties, something of obvious relevance to counselling psychology.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology