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Mental health problems in adolescents: The impact on self and identity

Shanahan, Lisa; (2005) Mental health problems in adolescents: The impact on self and identity. Doctoral thesis , UCL(University College London). Green open access


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Volume 1 is divided into three parts. The Literature Review is the first part of this volume and explores the extent to which mental health problems during adolescence have been considered in relation to identity development. It describes the period of adolescence and associated developmental tasks. 'Identity', the development of a sense of 'who am I' is explored in more detail with specific reference to Eriksonian theory. Due to the lack of research on mental health problems and identity development, chronic physical health problems are considered. In conclusion the general absence of research on adolescents with mental health problems and identity development indicates a need for further research in this area. Part 2, the Empirical Paper, is a study of the affect of having a mental health problem on identity development during adolescence. Ten young people aged between 14 and 18 participated in this study. Participants' personal accounts of having a mental health problem were explored through in-depth semi-structured interviews, specifically focusing on sense of self, future plans, values and relationships. In addition, participants completed a standardised self report questionnaire. The present findings indicate that mental health problems during the adolescent years can have a negative impact on identity development in the young person concerned. Lastly, part 3, the Critical Appraisal, takes a more detailed look at the present study and considers the methodological issues that arose in more depth.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Mental health problems in adolescents: The impact on self and identity
Identifier: PQ ETD:602417
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Third party copyright material has been removed from the ethesis. Images identifying individuals have been redacted or partially redacted to protect their identity.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1446492
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