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The negative effects of oppression in the recovery process

Journal article
Authors Ann-Charlott Timander
Anders Möller
Larry Davidson
Published in Scandinavian journal of disability research
Volume 19
Issue 1
Pages 34-44
ISSN 1501-7419
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Social Work
Pages 34-44
Language en
Keywords Recovery, oppression, identity, mental distress, (re) construction
Subject categories Sociology, Disability research


The aim of this project was to study if and how experiences of oppression on the grounds fo mental distress and gender affect the reclaiming and (re)construction of identities in the recovery process. In this study 33 narratives were analysed using framework analysis. The analysis showed that the experience of oppression affected the participants negatively along emotional and psychological pathways and affected their life activities, that is, their recovery process was negatively affected. By using a British disability studies perspective on oppression (Thomas, C. 2010. "Medical Sociology and Disability Theory". In New Directions in the Sociology of Chronic and Disabling Conditions. Assaults on the Lifeworld, edited by G. Scambler, and S. Scambler, 37-56. Palgrave McMillan) the understanding of experiences of mental distress and recovery was argued to be deepened. The process of recovery was in the light of the findings, argued to be a highly social and not just an individualistic process, were social factors like experiences of oppression could become a barrier in the recovery process.

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