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ERIC Number: EJ831058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
Living through Exposure to Toxic Psychiatric Orthodoxies: Exploring Narratives of People with "Mental Health Problems" Who Are Looking for Employment on the Open Labour Market
Roets, Griet; Kristiansen, Kristjana; Van Hove, Geert; Vanderplasschen, Wouter
Disability & Society, v22 n3 p267-281 May 2007
This article explores lived experiences and insights of five people with long-term "mental health problems", focusing on their search for employment in a disabling society. In our qualitative, inductive analysis we investigate why it seems almost impossible to attain a status as respected adult workers. We present five central findings: (1) losing the game before it starts; (2) internalizing the vicious circle of victim blaming; (3) from control overload to a life with inadequate supports; (4) from crushed dreams back to passive inactivity; (5) signs of resilience and resistance. In meaningful dialogue survivors give voice to alternative and plural epistemological grounds of life with "madness". In our concluding reflections we argue that psychiatric discourses, what we term toxic psychiatric orthodoxies, silence, disable and construct survivors as unemployable.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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