How men and women in recovery make meaning to severe mental illness
2009 (English)In: Journal of Mental Health, ISSN 0963-8237, E-ISSN 1360-0567, Vol. 18, no 5, 433-440 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Creating a new meaning of the illness, changing values and expectations due to the illness are seen as important factors in recovery from mental illness.
Aims: In this study, conducted in Sweden, male and female meaning making of severe mental illness is explored and how these meanings compass the recovery process.
Method: Through 30 in-depth interviews male and female meaning of mental illness are explored through a grounded theory analysis. Results: In the process of making meaning illness reason emerged as the core category. But the reasons differed both in relation to gender and within the two genders. Four patterns of response were found in the analysis of the material. These four patterns influenced how the recovery process was encompassed. Three of the four groups were restructing the meaning of the illness in a more favorable way contributing to a redirection of life towards authenticity.
Conclusions: The results underline a demand for further research on recovery achievements connected to meaning making and changes in attitude. One such area is to create a meaning in one’s life where gender is reconsidered in relation to the individual’s capacity and life situation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 18, no 5, 433-440 p.
Meaning, mental illness, recovery, gender
Research subject Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-26710DOI: 10.3109/09638230902968233ISI: 000271664800009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-26710DiVA: diva2:211082