Mental Disorders: Self Construction in Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that has been widely studied. Trudy Meehan and Malcolm MacLachlan, in the article “Self Construction in schizophrenia: A discourse analysis”, seek to shed light on the topic of self-construction in those with schizophrenia. The main issue they are addressing is whether or not using the discursive model of self-construction will provide a better and more accurate way of analyzing how people diagnosed with schizophrenia construct self as opposed to using only the dialogical model of self. In this study, Meehan and MacLachlan took five men and five women; totaling eight participants altogether (Meehan & MacLachlan, 2008, p. 134). It should be noted that participants were not selected randomly, but instead, according to Meehan and MacLachlan (2008), “were recruited through liaison with the community mental health nurse” (p. 134). Additionally, Meehan and MacLachlan (2008) stated that all participants were currently unemployed, single, living independently by themselves, and reliant on government assistance and benefits for their livelihood (p. 134-135). Once recruited, all participants were given a lengthy interview. According to Meehan and MacLachlan (2008) this interview was “semi-structured” in that the participants were allowed total freedom to control the interview and take it in any direction they wanted with the interviewer only asking questions to generate talk when things quieted down (p. 135). Once the interviewing process was
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