Alle kan bli syke" : en beskrivelse av hvordan språket bidrar til meningsdannelse for ansatte og brukere på et kommunalt treffsted for mennesker med psykiske lidelser
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TITLE: "Anyone can get sick" - A description of how language contributes to the opinion of the employees and users at a local meeting place for people with mental disorders. In this study, my focus has been on the importance of language in mental health care, by examining how language can contribute to the opinion. I have been concerned with the task of looking at the truths involved, when we do not always say what we think about mental poor health, and expressed as self-evident truths. My understanding of language and people say something about what might be involved in maintaining self-evident truths that "all may be sick." It was for that reason important for me to find out more about what was actually intended, through observations and conversations, I tried to capture the "invisible" almost "imperceptible" and the everyday in small episodes that took place in the field. Methodology My research arena has been a meeting place for people with mental illness, a municipal low threshold provision. I chose participant observation and qualitative interview method in my work with a research thesis. My interaction with staff and users provided important knowledge of the language that opinion forming within the mental health field. Findings My main findings show that both the verbal and material language hits the spot and within mental health care, were important for users and the employees' perception of who they were. Much of the language illustrated a type of knowledge, who maintained a distinction between clients and employees, between the ignorant and those with. On this basis, that seems like a traditional medical psychiatric understanding of "people with mental disorders" had a relatively strong foothold within the low threshold offer. 9 Summary My knowledge indicated that the social phenomena in the world are constructed, and I believe my findings have helped to support this assumption. When the linguistic structures are important in contexts other than how we describe each other in daily? Linguistic structures are opinions that are created in a particular context, and will get other meanings in another context. The traditional medical practices of psychiatric results instead is likely to be maintained also in other parts of the mental health field, where one can ask more questions of how this practice be maintained? When the National plans say something about another language created a reality where there is room for that "anyone can get sick, you too." Keywords Self-evident truths, meanings, language, social construction, mental health fields, users, employees.
Masteroppgave i psykisk helsearbeid- Universitetet i Agder 2010