How individuals with first-episode psychosis positively contribute to their families: a grounded theory analysis

PhD Thesis

Allman, J. 2011. How individuals with first-episode psychosis positively contribute to their families: a grounded theory analysis. PhD Thesis Canterbury Christ Church University Department of Applied Psychology
AuthorsAllman, J.
TypePhD Thesis
Qualification nameDClinPsychol

Section A consists of a review of the literature relating to positive contribution to families in first-episode psychosis. It highlights potential gaps in the research and possible avenues for future research.
Section B presents the findings of the study. The aim of this grounded theory study was to explore whether individuals who have experienced first-episode psychosis positively contribute to their families. Additionally, the study aimed to construct an explanatory model of how positive contribution to families is viewed and supported following first-episode psychosis.
Method: Fifteen participants took part in the study. Seven had direct experience of psychosis, seven were relatives and one was a partner of an individual with direct experience. Participants were interviewed separately, with the accounts analysed using Charmaz’s version of grounded theory (Charmaz, 2006).
Results. The constructed theory suggested that individuals who have experienced first episode psychosis can and do contribute to their families, and that such contribution when noticed and valued can lead to an increase in well-being. The model suggests that contribution is shaped by the self-concept, the impact of psychosis, the opportunity for contribution and whether it is noticed.
Conclusion. The constructed theory extends current research, and suggests that contribution can positively impact both the individual and family. Limitations and clinical implications of the research are explored and suggestions for further research given.
Section C offers a focused evaluation of the research study. Topics of evaluation included reflections on the research process, learning experiences, further clinical implications and possible future research.

KeywordsPsychosis, Families, Interpersonal relations, Grounded theory
Publication process dates
Deposited21 Oct 2011
SubmittedNov 2011
Output statusUnpublished
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