ERIC Number: ED351656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-14
Women's Experiences of Depression: Their Lessons for Us.
Schneider, Charlene Kamin; Stiles, William B.
In this study of depression four women who had previously received a diagnosis of depression were interviewed. From their interviews a chronological retelling of their stories was written, a thematic analysis, an examination of the themes of theoretical explanations of the gender difference in the incidence of depression, and an interpretation of the meaning of each woman's story and themes. The manuscript of each woman's story was sent to her for review, asking her to pay particular attention to how well the story fit or did not fit her experience of depression. Each woman was interviewed a second time, allowing her to collaborate in the telling and interpretation of her story, as well as enabling the researcher to gain a clearer understanding of her theme. Commonalities in all four women's experiences, themes, interpretations, and theoretical implications were written about and again sent to each woman for her review. Finally, a group interview was conducted in which the participants discussed their impressions of the commonalities manuscript and their experiences of participation in the study. The three points which were most important are these: (1) a significant part of the women's experience of depression was connected to various forms of sexual abuse that they had suffered; (2) labels (such as depression) were helpful; and (3) feeling isolated was an important aspect of the experience of depression while feeling "not alone" was one of their experiences in healing. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (100th, Washington, DC, August 14-18, 1992).