"Technically well, but not really": carers' constructions of recovery from psychosis

Quaye, H. and Rennoldson, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-7131-8740, 2018. "Technically well, but not really": carers' constructions of recovery from psychosis. Journal of Mental Health. ISSN 0963-8237

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Background: The recovery movement has become highly influential in research and services for people who experience psychosis. However the precise meaning of recovery from psychosis is contested, and there are concerns that the language of the recovery movement may be co-opted to serve other priorities.

Aims: To investigate carers' constructions of the meaning of recovery from psychosis.

Method: A qualitative study, using synthetic discursive psychology to analyse transcripts of semi-structured interviews with seven carers recruited from an Early Intervention in Psychosis service, where recovery approaches were practised.

Results: We found medical accounts of recovery to be highly influential used both frequently and as a key reference point, even when describing alternative, non-medical accounts of recovery. Such alternative accounts of recovery in the data were fragementary and participants tended to use such accounts to signal some kind of trouble or disruption.

Conclusions: Explanations of the objectives of recovery approaches cannot escape comparison with a medical repertoire of recovery. Such explanations may benefit from illustration using personal accounts of recovery that contain concrete detail. Creating conditions of safe uncertainty around the meaning of recovery may be an important aim for clinicians and services.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: ‘Technically well, but not really’: carers’ constructions of recovery from psychosis
Publication Title: Journal of Mental Health
Creators: Quaye, H. and Rennoldson, M.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 29 December 2018
ISSN: 0963-8237
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 10 Oct 2018 09:53
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2019 03:00
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/34636

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