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The psychiatric paradox: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of being assessed and detained under the English Mental Health Act (1983).

Grace, Joe, PRIEST, Helena and Dunn, Cailzie (2017) The psychiatric paradox: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of being assessed and detained under the English Mental Health Act (1983). Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 17 (2). pp. 94-104. ISSN 1471-7646

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The aim of this qualitative study was to explore the experience of being assessed and detained under the English Mental Health Act (1983). Semi-structured interviews with a sample of seven adult service-users were analysed. The methodology employed was interpretative phenomenological analysis. Three super-ordinate themes were identified: The psychiatric paradox – chiefly concerned with the finding that treatment actually increased distress in many cases; fear of the unknown – considering the role that a lack of information plays in perpetuating distress; and, playing the game – exploring the finding that some people presented falsely in order to be discharged. Recommendations include a cultural shift from the dominant model of biomedical conceptualisation and treatment of “mental illness”, to a more psychosocial conceptualisation utilising the Open Dialogue approach

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology
Depositing User: Helena PRIEST
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2017 11:13
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2018 15:17
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3152

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