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ERIC Number: ED549420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 134
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2673-5428-0
A Collective Case Study of the Idiosyncratic Language of Formal Thought Disorder in Cases of Disorganized Psychosis
Lowe, Amanda R.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
This study focuses on a meaningful understanding of idiosyncratic language in psychosis. The psychotic neologisms examined in this dissertation challenge the listener's accurate understanding. Idiosyncratic aspects of speech in psychosis are largely researched from a diagnostic perspective in the literature. This study asks how individuals use idiosyncratic neologisms to express personal meanings. The volunteers for this study have a significant history of mental illness (as defined by symptoms more than 5 years) and exhibit disorganized speech and behavior. This research samples the language of twelve volunteers in a state mental health facility. Ethical issues involved in sampling procedures, such as those highlighted by Haslam and Gottdiener in "Ethical human sciences and services" are addressed (2002). The researcher conducted structured interviews using active listening and contact reflections; particularly word-for-word reflections for clarification. The researcher is a licensed clinical professional counselor experienced in working with severe, chronic, and treatment-refractory mental illness. Interviews were recorded on audio-tape and then documents were transcribed om the tapes. No claims are made beyond the diagnosically-and contextually-specific presented by this sample. However, this study a represents a protocol for discovering the personal meanings within the type of idiosyncratic language exhibited by some individuals with psychosis. Though gaps remain in the literature and the study itself is limited, the results are encouraging. This study may have implications for the practice of psychotherapy or other types of listening in clinical or community settings, or with nontraditional or challenging therapy populations such as those represented in this study. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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