Resilience as a response to the stigma of depression : a mixed methods analysis
Boardman, Felicity K., Griffiths, Frances, Kokanovic, Renata, Potiriadis, Maria, Dowrick, Christopher and Gunn, Jane. (2011) Resilience as a response to the stigma of depression : a mixed methods analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, Vol.135 (No.1-3). pp. 267-276. ISSN 01650327Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2011.08.007
Stigma has been shown to have a significant influence on help-seeking, adherence to treatment and social opportunities for those experiencing depression. There is a need for studies which examine how the stigma of depression intersects with responses to depression.
161 telephone interviews with people experiencing depressive symptoms, derived from a longitudinal cohort study, were sampled on the basis of their perceptions of stigma around depression. Interview transcripts were searched for references to stigma and analysed thematically. The frequency of the themes was calculated and cross-referenced, producing a meta-theme matrix.
Results: Stigma was closely linked to ideas about responsibility for causation and/or continuation of depressive symptoms. Stigmatised individuals felt compelled to take steps to develop their resilience including drawing on existing support networks and expanding on positive emotions and personal strengths in order to counteract this stigma. However, such strategies were burdensome for some. These participants gained relief from relinquishing their personal responsibility.
The data were briefer than many interview studies. This narrowed its interpretation, but allowed a large sample of participants.
When considering how to tailor therapies for those experiencing depressive symptoms, health professionals should consider the interaction of stigma with coping strategies. Many individuals can build on existing relationships and personal strengths to develop resilience, some however need to first relinquish the expectation of having sufficient pre-existing resilience within themselves.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences > Social Science & Systems in Health (SSSH)
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Depression, Mental, Stigma (Social psychology), Primary health care, Resilience (Personality trait), Mixed methods research|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Affective Disorders|
|Publisher:||Elsevier Science BV|
|Official Date:||December 2011|
|Page Range:||pp. 267-276|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia), Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI)|
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