Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Pictures speak a thousand words : using photo-elicitation and IPA to explore men's experience of mood management following a diagnosis of bipolar disorder
Author: Burman, Craig
ISNI:       0000 0004 9357 3253
Awarding Body: Staffordshire University
Current Institution: Staffordshire University
Date of Award: 2020
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Access from Institution:
This thesis aims to further develop our understanding of what it is like to live with, and manage, a diagnosis of Bipolar disorder. Paper one presents a thematic synthesis of 13 qualitative research studies exploring people’s experiences of living with the symptoms and diagnostic label, published between 2010 and 2019. Each of the 13 studies were critically appraised before results were synthesised. The findings are discussed with particular consideration of the implications for clinical practice. Recommendations for future research, including methods of improving the quality of research in this area, are presented. Paper two presents an empirical study exploring men’s experiences of managing mood symptoms. Photo-elicitation methods were used to guide semi-structured interviews, and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to analyse the resulting transcripts. Four super-ordinate themes were identified: (1) ‘managing symptoms: living with the enemy’ (2) ‘we’re managing more than mood episodes’ (3) ‘managing goes beyond a list of strategies’ and (4) ‘medication is a necessary evil’. Particular attention is again paid to the clinical implications of the findings. Paper three is an executive summary of the empirical paper. It has been written to be accessible by practitioners and service users alike and is intended to support the dissemination of findings to study participants and supporting organisations.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available