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Title: Possible selves in first episode psychosis : a mixed methods study
Author: Clarke, Rachel
ISNI:       0000 0004 5993 9696
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2016
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This study involved the application of possible selves theory to first episode psychosis (FEP) with the aims of understanding more about negative symptoms, functional outcomes and sense of self in FEP. A mixed-methods, explanatory sequential design was utilised. In the initial quantitative phase, a pre-existing data set of 80 participants allowed exploration of relationships between negative symptoms, functioning and possible selves. The qualitative phase, involving eight new participants, was then used to expand on specific findings from the quantitative phase, particularly how descriptions of possible selves might change as a result of experiencing FEP. Contrary to predications, relationships between elements of possible selves and negative symptoms were not found. Being optimistic about achieving possible selves was positively related to functional outcomes suggesting that positive self-beliefs may be important in functional recovery from FEP. Overall, findings also suggest that experiencing FEP does not necessarily have a negative impact on sense of self, potentially aided by hopeful, understanding and dependable social support. After experiencing FEP future fears about relapsing become more salient. These findings are discussed in relation to previous literature. This is followed by consideration of the theoretical and clinical implications of the findings along with suggestions for future research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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