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A Striving Towards 'Normality': Illness-related Beliefs among Individuals Living with a Psychotic Disorder
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.
Cty Hosp, Jönköping, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 0161-2840, Vol. 35, no 11, 842-850 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Beliefs related to illness constrain or facilitate health and wellbeing, and are of importance in how people understand and manage their illness. The aim of this study was to identify illness beliefs among individuals living with illness from a psychotic disorder. Data collected through two qualitative interview studies was secondary analysed by means of a method for directed content analysis. Beliefs of being different and odd, and of what constitutes 'normality', are prominent and constrain, in several respects, wellbeing among the individuals with psychotic illness. Beliefs about possible wellbeing are preferably related to existential, human desires of caretaking and responsibility for self and others. An awareness among mental healthcare staff that one does not hold the unequivocal truth about what is normal and healthy, is of importance. They need to ask questions about illness beliefs and not ignore or judge the answers received, but instead discuss them. Relationship-centred care, where a mutual dialogue occurs between the individual, the family and mental healthcare staff, is highlighted.

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2014. Vol. 35, no 11, 842-850 p.
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-43294DOI: 10.3109/01612840.2014.924043ISI: 000353246700006PubMedID: 25353297OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-43294DiVA: diva2:812769
Available from: 2015-05-20 Created: 2015-05-20 Last updated: 2015-09-01Bibliographically approved

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