Recovery from first-episode psychosis and recovering self: a qualitative study

Connell, Melissa, Schweitzer, Robert and King, Robert (2015) Recovery from first-episode psychosis and recovering self: a qualitative study. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 38 4: 359-364. doi:10.1037/prj0000077

Author Connell, Melissa
Schweitzer, Robert
King, Robert
Title Recovery from first-episode psychosis and recovering self: a qualitative study
Journal name Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1095-158X
Publication date 2015-12-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/prj0000077
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 38
Issue 4
Start page 359
End page 364
Total pages 6
Place of publication Washington, DC United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Objective: The objective of this study was to explore the subjective factors associated with the experience of first-episode psychosis (FEP) and the very first stages of recovery to develop our understanding of this process and improve treatment outcomes. Method: Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis was used to explore the experiences of 20 young people who had recently experienced FEP. Results: Two broad superordinate themes captured essential thematic trends in the data: experiences of self-estrangement and self-consolidation. The concept of dialogical self was used to understand the effect of psychosis on self and the process of resuming familiar social positions to facilitate recovery. The concept of making meaning after traumatic events was also applied to the narratives of personal growth that participants formed. Those who reported subjective improvements in recovery were more likely to have developed a meaningful interpretation of their psychosis, strengthened relationships with others, and forged a stronger sense of self. Conclusions and Implications for Practice: The experience of self-consolidation was strongly associated with the person’s resumption of familiar social roles and their ability to make meaning from their experience in a way that promoted personal growth. Although these processes are known to be part of personal recovery, this study highlights their importance in the very early stages of recovery immediately after the experience of FEP.
Keyword First-episode psychosis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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