People in crisis services

Percival, Robert (2017) People in crisis services. D.Clin.Psychol. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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The study aimed to explore which discourses staff in crisis services draw on when discussing people in crisis. Further questions were; how those with borderline personality disorder diagnosis are positioned by these discourses and what the subsequent consequences are for people in crisis.

This study utilised a qualitative design. Individual interviews were conducted with participants to generate personal and reflective accounts.

Twelve staff members from home treatment, day treatment or acute ward teams were interviewed. Questions related to their experiences of people in crisis. Foucauldian Discourse Analysis was used to highlight the discourses used when talking about those in crisis.

Four main discourses were present in language used; ‘medical legal’, ‘personal responsibility’, ‘limited resources for the problem’, and ‘human experience and emotions’. People with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) were positioned differently to those with other diagnosis. Staff are positioned as experts needing to diagnose and cure distress. The discourse of human experience and emotions highlighted the emotional aspect of working with people in crisis, especially those with a BPD diagnosis.

The prevailing discourses within NHS crisis services remain those of the medical model, legitimising ideas of classic mental illness and practices of medication and control. This impacts the position of people with a BPD diagnosis. Further reflective spaces are required to highlight the flexibility of these discourses, practice, and the importance of emotions raised by those in distress.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acute; crisis; discourse; borderline personality disorder
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0636 Applied psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Miss Rosemary Cox
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2017 13:55
Last Modified: 25 May 2018 03:11

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