What does the process of developing a personal narrative involve and how does it contribute to mental health recovery

Siddique, S. (Examiner), Jo Brown (Examiner)

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This research is based on the premise that mental health recovery is a unique and individual journey (Anthony, 1993) and that developing a personal narrative can support mental health recovery. In current UK recovery orientated provision, service users are asked to 'tell their stories' within clinical settings as a tool for diagnosis, formulation and treatment plans. There is being used systematically within an NHS therapeutic setting. The aim of this study was to explore the process of developing a personal narrative and its possible contributions to mental health recovery.

This research study used a phased approach, where the emergent themes informed the subsequent phases. Recovery background, study rationale, literature review (overview of narrative and use of media) and methodology are described to provide context to all phases. Phase one: involved developing and analyzing my recovery autoethnography, 'from the edge of the abyss to the foot of the rainbow'. Phase two: used a participatory action research (PAR) approach. 11 Researchers who had previously developed their personal narratives were recruited to two focus groups to discuss their experiences of narrative development. Six co-researchers continued to phase three which involved three cycles of PAR.
Period21 May 2018
ExamineeSalma Siddique
Examination held atUniversity of Southampton