This master thesis examines the underlying understandings of subjectivity and suffering in a Danish psychiatric institution. The study explores how it is to be a patient within a psychiatric setting by focusing on the possibilities and limitations for user involvement in regards to treatment and daily practices. The thesis is based on a study of the psychiatric ward we refer to as Department P, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. With a critical, poststructuralist approach we focus our gaze on the taken for granted assumptions and the way these come about in both actions and language of the professionals and patients in Department P. The empirical data is produced in collaboration with professionals and patients through observations and interviews. The analytical tools are especially inspired by the work of Michel Foucault and Nikolas Rose. By focusing the analysis on communication, power and discourse the thesis thus identifies the possibilities and limitations for user involvement at Department P. With the poststructuralist approach we adopt a critical approach towards wider systems of meaning. In this sense critique is not concerned with single professionals or with saying that things are not good the way they are. It is a community related critique that examines the assumptions on which the psychiatric system is based. The study questions the possibility of user involvement as treatment is not based on the needs nor understandings of suffering as defined by the patients. The truth of psychiatric knowledge shows to rest mainly on biomedical discourses, which seem to leave little room for negotiating the understandings and experiences of suffering and normality. Thus, the results make us question to which extent user involvement is possible, if the patient’s definitions and experiences are not taken into account and embraced by the professionals. If the patient’s definitions and experiences are not taken into account and embraced by the professionals, to which extent is user involvement possible?
|Uddannelser||Psykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||29 apr. 2016|
|Vejledere||Bettina Christel Hjortholt|
- Svend Brinkmann
- Michel Foucault
- Nikolas Rose