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Exploring support group efficacy for individuals recovering from depression.

Ewing, Matthew (2016) Exploring support group efficacy for individuals recovering from depression. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Using narrative analysis, the objective of this study was to discover, how individuals, recovering from depression, narrate their own experience of support groups, through the use of storied accounts. Individuals in recovery need to find ways to tell stories about themselves which can create opportunities for change and healing (McKenzie, 2009). This qualitative study moves away from the traditional medical model, as the patient is now the expert, rather than the clinician. To explore these accounts and experiences, six participants who have previously suffered with depression, were narratively interviewed using a semi-structured guide. Applying Crossley’s (2000) method for narrative analysis, three core themes were uncovered: narrating mental adversity & isolation; alleviating isolation & re- establishing connection and a reflexive journey of positive inward self-exploration. The overall analysis suggests that experiences of attending support groups can actually facilitate the recovery from depression, promote optimism and create opportunities for positive change.

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