Grounding Spirituality and Transformation in Health Communication: Mending the Gap between Spirituality and Psychiatry - An analysis of narratives in the International #Emergingproud Campaign

Anne-Kirstine Klitmark

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis looks at the International #Emergingproud Campaign, to study the spiritual phenomenon and transformative perspective in five stories of people diagnosed with mental health distress, to understand how spirituality and the transformative perspective can contribute to health promotion, through the field of health communication.
This thesis has used a hermeneutic phenomenology and the interpretive science approach, to study the lived experiences in the five stories and to be able, to place my own story in conjunction with theirs as a qualitative researcher. This philosophy of science has guided the methodology of narrative inquiry to address the narratives within the stories. The analytic framework consists of crafted stories and thematic analysis. Crafted stories has been used to illuminate, the spiritual phenomenon and in relation to the terminology of spiritual emergencies and emergence, transformation, health and healing. The thematic analysis has been used in the five stories to reveal, emerging themes in the six stages of transformation process, evolved from the theoretical perspective of the transformational learning theory.
The findings of this research revealed that when people’s spiritual experiences are validated, they herald transformation and healing. These findings thus, question the participants diagnoses of mental illness and discuss the validation of spiritual emergencies in mainstream psychiatry, for the promotion of health through a holistic approach that can expand the mental health framework and address, the significance of spirituality in health communication

UddannelserKommunikation, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatSundhedsfremme og Sundhedsstrategier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 aug. 2017
Antal sider90
VejledereRashmi Singla & Lisbeth Frølunde


  • Health communication
  • Spirituality
  • Transformation
  • Health Promotion
  • Communication
  • Hermeneutic phenomenology
  • Narratives
  • Story
  • Psychology
  • Mental health
  • Psychiatry