Understanding adaptation to first episode psychosis through the creation of images


This article aims to understand and explore the meaning of adaptation to First Episode Psychosis (FEP). An innovative method of data collection was used with ten participants who experienced FEP which integrated drawings of their lived experience within semi-structured interviews. The data were analysed through Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis and hermeneutic-phenomenological image analysis. Participants’ experience was captured in four superordinate themes which identified that adaptation to FEP entailed: ‘Finding out how psychosis fits into my story’, ‘Breaking free from psychosis’, ‘Fighting my way through psychosis’, and ‘Finding a new way of being ‘me’’. The participants’ path of adaptation to FEP was an interplay of pains, challenges, and gains, and there was resonance with posttraumatic growth in their accounts. This article illustrates that creating images may offer a powerful way of conveying the multifaceted aspects of adaptation to FEP and could help individuals in communicating and processing their experience.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40737-017-0079-8
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2017. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptation,Art,First episode psychosis,Posttraumatic growth,Visual methods,Clinical Psychology,Psychiatry and Mental health,Rehabilitation
Publication ISSN: 2198-963X
Last Modified: 06 May 2024 07:19
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2017 15:05
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2017-06-01
Published Online Date: 2017-04-17
Accepted Date: 2017-03-11
Submitted Date: 2016-12-21
Authors: Attard, Angelica
Larkin, Michael (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-3304-7000)
Boden, Zoë
Jackson, Christopher



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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