Daily living with Parkinson's disease - Identity exploration in late adulthood

Julie Eirin Billing

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This project investigated the psychological challenges of living with Parkinson’s disease, viewed through Erik Erikson’s psychological theory on identity. The objective was to analyse the experience of living with a neurological disease in late stage of adulthood, by looking at how one can experience a change in identity exploration when faced with a serious and life-changing diagnosis. An interview with a Parkinson’s patient was conducted and analysed according to the Interpretative phenomenological analysis. The results showed that Erikson’s theory is still applicable today and can contribute to a better understanding of the challenges facing an individual diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, when it comes to identity exploration. Erikson’s stages of identity development can be useful in visualizing the effect of the disease on identity. This project demonstrated that Parkinson’s disease affects identity exploration in late adulthood by becoming a disruption in the coherence between past and present sense of identity, and that Parkinson’s disease is a clear physical threat to identity integrity and a trigger for identity conflict.

UddannelserPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato21 maj 2019
VejledereMina El Moutamid