Title

A Complexity Perspective on Narrative Identity Reconstruction in Mental Health Recovery

RIS ID

140214

Publication Details

Kerr, D., Deane, F. & Crowe, T. (2020). A Complexity Perspective on Narrative Identity Reconstruction in Mental Health Recovery. Qualitative Health Research, 30 (4), 634-649.

Abstract

The Author(s) 2019. The issue of complex nonlinear change processes is one of the least understood aspects of recovery and one of the most difficult to apply in recovery-oriented health care. The purpose of this article is to explore the recovery stories of 17 mental health peer support workers to understand their narrative identity reconstruction in recovery using a complexity perspective. Using the Life Story Model of Identity (LSMI), a narrative thematic analysis of interviews suggests that self-mastery as part of personal agency is an important component of participants' narrative identity reconstruction. Self-mastery is particularly evident in redemptive story turning points (positive outcome follows negative experience). A complexity perspective suggests that participants realized their adaptive capacity in relation to self-mastery as part of recovery and that its use at story turning points critically influenced their recovery journey. Further exploring self-mastery as adaptive growth in narrative identity reconstruction appears to be a fruitful research direction.

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732319886285