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Diagnosis as a Resource in the Social Representation of Mental Illness
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2016 (English)In: Papers on Social Representations, ISSN 1021-5573, E-ISSN 1819-3978, Vol. 25, no 1, 12.1-12.24 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The theory of social representations has been applied in empirical research that examines shared understandings of mental illness in different communities. Another line of inquiry, drawing on a number of theoretical perspectives, has dealt with the functions of diagnosis in everyday sense-making regarding mental problems. This paper suggest how the theoretical model of social representation can be extended in order to account for representation as interactive sense-making in which diagnostic concepts serve as a mediating resource. An empirical study of discourse in self-help groups with people sharing experiences of mental health problems is used to explore the role of diagnosis in establishing shared understandings and identity. It is argued that when diagnoses are anchored in lay knowledge, they acquire new meaning potentials and serve new functions for representation that have ontological, epistemological, and moral dimensions.

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2016. Vol. 25, no 1, 12.1-12.24 p.
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Diagnosis, social representation, self-help groups, cultural tools, meaning potential
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-145790ISI: 000405507500009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-145790DiVA: diva2:1134575
Available from: 2017-08-21 Created: 2017-08-21 Last updated: 2017-08-21Bibliographically approved

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