An exploration into the social identity of members of service user groups that train mental health professionals

Malwah, Monique N. (2013) An exploration into the social identity of members of service user groups that train mental health professionals. D.Clin.Psych. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Abstract

The aim of this grounded theory study was to explore the social identity of members of service user groups that train mental health professionals (SUG-TR). Additionally, the study aimed to construct an explanatory model of how participating in such groups contributes towards the achievement and maintenance of positive social identity.
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight members of SUG-TR. Grounded theory was used to build a preliminary model, which contained 5 main categories: ‘Impact of mental illness/ impact of receiving a psychiatric diagnosis’; ‘The experience of stigma’; ‘Participating in SUG-TR’; ‘Contributing to positive identity’; and ‘Challenges to participating’.
The constructed theory suggests that participation in such groups can contribute towards the achievement and maintenance of a positive social identity and that participants adopted specific strategies to achieve positive distinctiveness (i.e. an individual striving for positive self-concept) in the SUG-TR meetings and training environments.
The constructed theory extends current research and suggests that SUG-TRs provide unique opportunities for the development of socially valued roles. The limitations and clinical implications of the research are explored and suggestions for further research are presented.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional education; group membership; mental health; social identity theory; service user involvement; training
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0077 Study and teaching
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Mrs Kathy Chaney
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2014 13:36
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2017 18:10
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/12511

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