Persons with psychosis as active agents interacting with their disorder

David Roe, Miriam Chopra, Abraham Rudnick

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Abstract

The current study focuses on the various strategies employed by individuals coping with psychiatric disorders. Data was gathered as part of the Yale Longitudinal Study; participants were 43 males and females-men and women with psychotic symptoms who were diagnosed with either schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or major affective disorder with psychotic features. Participants were first assessed during hospitalisation and completed bi-monthly follow-up interviews over the course of a year. Using qualitative research methods, each participant was interviewed using a semistructured interview that assessed the course of the disorder and change processes, focusing on each person's experiences of coping with a mental illness. In employing qualitative research methods the data obtained was distinctive in that it was suggested by the participants themselves, rather than being limited to predetermined categories. Results revealed a number of common coping strategies employed by individuals with a mental illness. These included: regulating activity, involvement and external stimuli; controlling symptoms; determination and hope; and the instigation of a change in attitude. The implications of these results are discussed for further research and for developing more effective treatment interventions for people with psychiatric disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-128
Number of pages7
JournalPsychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)

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