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Expectations, visions and sense of empowerment
The Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro University.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Nordic School of Public Health, Göteborg.
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 12, no 2, 109-124 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to reveal the meaning some people with psychiatric disabilities assigned to important experiences related to long periods of participation restrictions owing to unemployment and sick leave. The data comprise open-ended interviews with eight informants. A hermeneutic approach together with a comparative analysis was used to analyze the data. The results showed six types of mechanisms important for the outcome of the rehabilitation process: support, understanding, time, control, self-image and vision of the future. Our results indicate that environmental factors such as experience of support and understanding of professionals and time-efficacy seemed to have a great effect on the individuals' attitudes concerning the activities and measures they expected to carry out during their coming rehabilitation. These experiences seemed to affect their belief in their own abilities, their sense of control, and their belief in successful performance. Theories about empowerment closely related to social emotions like pride and shame are also discussed in an attempt to deepen the understanding of the studied phenomena.

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2010. Vol. 12, no 2, 109-124 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78154DOI: 10.1080/15017410903478931OAI: diva2:531528
Available from: 2012-06-07 Created: 2012-06-07 Last updated: 2012-06-14

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