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Biographical disruption and the experience of loss following a spinal cord injury: an interpretative phenomenological analysis.

Dickson, Adele, Allan, Derek and O'Carroll, Ronan E (2008) Biographical disruption and the experience of loss following a spinal cord injury: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Psychology and Health, 23 (4). ISSN 0887-0446

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Individual in-depth interviews with eight people who had experienced a total spinal cord injury were conducted, focussing on the experience of living with a spinal cord injury. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and were analysed for recurrent themes using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Here we present three inter-related recurrent themes: 'Loss of control'; 'Loss of independence' and 'Loss of identity'. Participants reported an ongoing sense of loss, characterised largely by a diminishing sense of personal control. This loss of personal control manifested itself in incontinence, emotion and loss of movement. Helplessness and embarrassment were common responses. A loss of independence was associated with incontinence but also with a loss of spontaneity. A loss of identity ensued and participants reported feeling 'invisible'. The findings are discussed in relation to both extant spinal cord literature and chronic health literature. Recommendations for future research are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0887-0446
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spinal cord injury; loss; identity; incontinence; helplessness;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 610 Medicine & health
Library of Congress Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Item ID: 2245
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2008 11:30
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2013 12:02
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2245

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