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"That was my old life: it's almost like a past-life now": identity crisis, loss and adjustment amonst people living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Dickson, Adele, Knussen, Christina and Flowers, Paul (2008) "That was my old life: it's almost like a past-life now": identity crisis, loss and adjustment amonst people living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Psychology and Health, 23 (4). pp. 459-476. ISSN 0887-0446

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Individual in-depth interviews were conducted with 14 people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). The interviews centred on the experience of living with the condition from the participants’ own perspectives. All interviews were transcribed verbatim and were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Three inter-related themes were presented: ‘Identity crisis: agency and embodiment’; ‘Scepticism and the self’ and ‘Acceptance, adjustment and coping’. Participants reported an ongoing sense of personal loss characterised by diminishing personal control and agency. An inability to plan for the future and subsequent feelings of failure, worthlessness and insignificance ensued. Scepticism in the wider social environment only heightened the consequential identity crisis. The importance of acceptance for adjusting to a life with CFS was highlighted. The findings are discussed in relation to extant literature and issues for health psychology are raised

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0887-0446
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; interpretative phenomenological analysis; loss of self; identity crisis; coping
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Science and Health Innovation
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 362 Social welfare problems & services
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Item ID: 4882
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 14:11
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2013 13:49
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/4882

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