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Perspectives of Cannabis Use in the Life Experience of Men with Schizophrenia

Wagstaff, C., Graham, H., Farrell, Derek ORCID:, Larkin, M. and Tatham, L. (2018) Perspectives of Cannabis Use in the Life Experience of Men with Schizophrenia. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 27 (3). pp. 1099-1108. ISSN 1445-8330

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Substance use amongst people with schizophrenia is well-established: up to 50%
report using illicit substances. The occurrence of both conditions can also induce people to
disengage from mental health services. The research question sought to understand, from the
perspective of both service users and clinicians, cannabis use within the experience of people with
schizophrenia. The transcripts of the seven participants and the two focus groups were analysed
using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Service Users and Clinicians were recruited from
Assertive outreach community-based teams. seven male service users who described their ethnic
identity as ‘black’, diagnosed with schizophrenia and a history of treatment disengagement and 12
clinicians who worked with this client group. The two component study involved semi-structured
interviews with the Service Users and two focus groups with the Clinicians. Service Users
perceived cannabis use as a means by which they could ‘reestablish their identity’ that had been
damaged and the social consequences of diagnosis. Clinicians similarly perceived drugs, cannabis
in particular, as a significant part of the service users’ life. This study provides greater depth to
understanding cannabis use within the experience of people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
KEY WORDS: assertive outreach, cannabis, disengagement, dual diagnosis, interpretati

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: psychiatric mental health, cannabis, disengagement, dual diagnosis, interpretative phenomenological analysis, schizophrenia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Derek Farrell
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2018 10:12
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:20

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