Online qualitative research in clinical psychology and mental health: Exploring Online Social Identities for People With CFS/ME

Alice Kennedy

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    Abstract

    Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a contested condition that causes physical symptoms, most notably fatigue, and restriction in roles. Having a contested condition means facing scepticism, stigma and disbelief. Online forums enabled exploration of how people with CFS/ME negotiate and construct social identities when speaking amongst themselves, in naturally occurring talk. Discourse analysis is used to explore how people re-construct social identities to incorporate their experiences of CFS/ME. The findings illustrated how people with CFS/ME raised the social status of their in-group through constructing themselves as having limited self-efficacy to renegotiate their roles to persuade the out-groups of family, friends and doctors that they were seriously ill and to position themselves as experts in CFS/ME. Notably, in contrast to much previous researcher-mediated studies, posters considered psychological factors as exacerbating or causing CFS/ME. Implications for applied work are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 Sep 2018
    EventQualitative Research in Mental Health 7 - Berlin, Germany
    Duration: 20 Sep 201822 Sep 2018

    Conference

    ConferenceQualitative Research in Mental Health 7
    Abbreviated titleQRMH7
    Country/TerritoryGermany
    CityBerlin
    Period20/09/1822/09/18

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