Young mental health service users with schizophrenia: a critical analysis of lived experiences

Peek, Louisa (2010) Young mental health service users with schizophrenia: a critical analysis of lived experiences. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Aim: To undertake a narrative analysis of qualitative research on the lived experiences of young mental health service users with schizophrenia. Objectives To explore the experiences of these service users. Methodology: A systematic review method of autobiographical and personal narratives was adopted to ensure the maximum number of relevant accounts was collected in line with the researcher’s aims and objectives and inclusion and exclusion criteria. The research data was critically analysed using a thematic approach and adhering to methods of discourse and narrative analysis. Core themes, feelings and experiences were identified and comprehensively discussed in chapters three, four and five. Results: Through critical analysis, the research findings clearly identified strong correlations between service user experiences. It has been learned how lived experiences of young people with schizophrenia were truly horrific and caused detrimental effects on personal wellbeing. With regards to the effect this caused on family wellbeing, it was widely evident that families reacted differently to the diagnosis of schizophrenia and subsequently towards the care and support they provided. Conclusions: This review presents how critical analysis of qualitative data can positively contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the torturous experiences described by eighteen young mental health service users with schizophrenia.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/784

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