Co-creating community with chronic psychiatric patients: the evolution of texts of identity

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dc.contributor.author Artus, Ingrid Christina
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-22T07:40:58Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-22T07:40:58Z
dc.date.issued 2010-11-22T07:40:58Z
dc.date.submitted 2000-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/3508
dc.description M.A. en
dc.description.abstract This study looks at how our identities are communally formed and shaped within various contexts. It considers how such interaction can create a sense of self that could potentially shift, remain the same or become "stuck" in our experiences of connectiondisconnection. Modernism and postmodernism as two of the main ways of understanding our world/s are considered in positioning this research instance. Furthermore, the field of community psychology and some community psychological models are discussed along with the underlying principles of each. This study looks at identity-formation from a post-modern perspective and assumptions are based on ideas from the field of social constructionism. Such assumptions include the following notions: That our sense of self are manifestations of relationships; that we have multiple possible selves relative to the context; that our identities are evolving products of history and that our sense of belonging and of being separate are elements of identity. Ideas around "mental illness", the treatment system and the labelling of the "mentally ill" are also considered in the processes of identity formation. The aim of this study is to look at all the abovementioned elements in the process of coconstructing a healing community with chronic psychiatric patients, so that, the ways in which we look at ourselves as well as others in the world, could include wider healing self-definitions. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Psychiatry en
dc.subject Psychiatric patients en
dc.subject Mental illness en
dc.subject Constructivism (Psychology) en
dc.subject Stigma (Social psychology) en
dc.subject Identity (Psychology) en
dc.title Co-creating community with chronic psychiatric patients: the evolution of texts of identity en
dc.type Thesis en

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