'They don't understand…you cut yourself in order to live.': Interpretative repertoires jointly constructing interactions between adult women who self-harm and professional caregivers
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, Vol. 6, no 3, 7254- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the study was to illuminate interpretative repertoires that jointly construct the interaction between adult women who self-harm and professional caregivers in psychiatric inpatient care. Participant observations and informal interviews were conducted among six women who self-harm and their professional caregivers in two psychiatric inpatient wards, and analysed using the concept of interpretative repertoires from the discipline of discursive psychology. The analysis revealed four interpretative repertoires that jointly constructed the interaction. The professional caregivers used a "fostering repertoire" and a "supportive repertoire" and the women who self-harmed used a "victim repertoire" and an "expert repertoire." The women and the caregivers were positioned and positioned themselves and people around them within and among these interpretative repertoires to make sense of their experiences of the interaction. It was necessary to consider each woman's own life chances and knowledge about herself and her needs. The participants made it clear that it was essential for them to be met with respect as individuals. Professional caregivers need to work in partnership with individuals who self-harm-experts by profession collaborating with experts by experience. Caregivers need to look beyond behavioural symptoms and recognise each individual's possibilities for agency.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 6, no 3, 7254- p.
discursive psychology, interaction, interpretative repertoires, participant observations, psychiatric inpatient care, psychiatric nursing, self-harm, social constructionisms for agency.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-47719DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v6i3.7254PubMedID: 21897829OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-47719DiVA: diva2:444140