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De constructie van toekomstige narratieve identiteiten bij psychiatrische patiënten: een narratieve analyse van brieven vanuit de toekomst.

Leussink, M.L. (2013) De constructie van toekomstige narratieve identiteiten bij psychiatrische patiënten: een narratieve analyse van brieven vanuit de toekomst.

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Abstract:Purpose: The purpose of the research is to define future narrative identities called ‘Possible Selves’ in letters, written by psychiatric patients from a future perspective. Background: Previous research has shown that the capacity for future imagination has a positive relationship with mental health. On the other hand , there is a relation between a clouded vision and forms of psychopathology . The self-concept plays an important role in future imagination . From the self-concept are ideas about the future self originated : possible selves. Possible selves consist of ideas about how someone could be in the future, how someone hopes to be and what someone is afraid to be in the future. Possible selves are important because they provide clues for future behavior and provide an evaluative image about the image that someone has of himself. Method : In this study 30 letters from the future, written by psychiatric patients, are analyzed. A letter from the future is a letter written by a respondent from any point in the future to the present. By means of a story line analysis, the letters are divided into different plots. Based on the plots, it was further possible to define different constructions of possible selves appearing in the letters. Results: Five different possible selves could be defined in the letters from the future : 1 . The utopian possible self , 2 . The perfect possible self , 3 . The learning possible self, 4 . The us possible self and 5 . The not existing possible self . The ' the learning possible self ' was the most common followed by ' The perfect possible self ' and ' The ideal possible self’. Conclusion: The results show similarity to the possible selves that are defined in a healthy population, which suggests that respondents with a mental disorder are able to make a future imagination. Differences were seen in the consistency of the stories and types of possible selves. This is consistent with the theories that exist regarding psychopathology and future imagination.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/64595
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