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What do Psychotic Experiences Mean for Young Men? A Qualitative Investigation

Hirschfeld, R., Smith, Jo, Trower, P. and Griffin, C. (2005) What do Psychotic Experiences Mean for Young Men? A Qualitative Investigation. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 78 (2). pp. 249-270. ISSN Online 2044-8341

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This study is of a grounded theory analysis of the transcripts of young men talking about their experience of psychosis. Six young men were interviewed twice during the critical period of 3–5 years following their first psychotic episode. The young men were asked to reflect on themselves and their lives before, during, and after having psychotic experiences. The transcripts were considered to have a phenomenological status, in that they represented the participants' perspectives on their experiences. Four themes emerged that were common to all the accounts: experience of psychosis, immediate expression of psychotic experiences, personal and interpersonal changes, and personal explanations. These themes are explored in detail, and their links with existing research and clinical implications are considered.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: young men, psychosis, study, in-depth qualitative method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Tanya Buchanan
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2017 11:21
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:19

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