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Podcasts’ Narratives as a Means of Studying the Relationship between Stigmas and Recovery from Depression

Linkhof, Sara C. (2021) Podcasts’ Narratives as a Means of Studying the Relationship between Stigmas and Recovery from Depression.

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Abstract:Background. Depression is still associated with many stigmas. Previous research showed how internalised stigmas negatively correlate with recovery throughout low self-esteem, hope, social interactions, and treatment behaviour. Qualitative research is needed to give meaning to these correlations and create a model for the relationship between stigmas and recovery from depression. The following study intends to do this by analysing German podcasts’ narratives. Methods. Podcasts’ narratives were first thematically analysed to search for themes. Secondly, relations between the themes were collected to create a model for the relationship between stigmas and recovery from depression. Results. Having depression was narrated to result in the Awareness of Internal and External Stigmas, followed by Shame and low Self-esteem and Feeling Discriminated. That can result in Isolation and less Coping and Engaging in the Treatment, leading to a lower chance of successfully recovering from depression. Mental Health Literacy of an outsider or sufferer was also found to influence recovery. Discussion. This study gives meaning to previous correlations between stigmas and recovery. Feelings of shame and discrimination as mental health literacy were added to an adjusted model for depression. Further research should focus on building tailored interventions to destigmatise depression and promote a positive treatment attitude.
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/88225
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