Experiences of service user involvement and their influence on identity

Emery, Leigh M. (2015) Experiences of service user involvement and their influence on identity. D.Clin.Psychol. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Identity can be considered to be socially constructed and developed through narratives about ourselves and our experiences. Having socially valued roles may thus facilitate a positive identity. This study aimed to explore how the experiences of service user involvement (SUI) in health and social care services (specifically, being involved in staff recruitment) influenced the narrative identities of people with learning disabilities. Interviews were conducted with seven people with learning disabilities who had been service user representatives on NHS interview panels. These were analysed using thematic narrative analysis as a framework. All described positive narrative identities, but the degree to which SUI featured in the construction of narrative identities varied. Whilst some found the experience transformative, for others it was not an important part of their narratives. The findings suggest that such experiences formed just one of many narratives that participants drew from to construct their narrative identity.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning disabilities; service user involvement; narrative identity; recruitment
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0697 Differential psychology. Individuality. Self
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV1551 People with disabilities
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Mrs Kathy Chaney
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2015 13:29
Last Modified: 12 May 2018 08:38
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13901

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