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"Show me how to fix it" : health care experiences of women diagnosed with borderline personality disorder
Brandon University, Faculty of Health Studies
vi, 85 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 61-71).
"In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Psychiatric Nursing."
The purpose of this research was to gain an understanding of how women diagnosed with borderline personality disorder empower themselves within the health care system. The concept of empowerment was introduced as a process of self-determination and finding the courage to advocate for oneself in the midst of adversity. A feminist lens was used to examine the dynamics of gender characteristics and its relationship to power and social marginalization within the health care experiences of the participants. Interpretive phenomenology analysis (IPA) was used to facilitate an in-depth understanding of the health care experiences of the participants. IPA focused on the interpretation of the participants’ accounts while considering context as essential to gaining insight into the lives of these women. Four women were recruited through purposive sampling. They were all recruited at two mental health sites within a regional health authority. Four superordinate themes were identified: disempowering experiences, empowering experiences, path to recovery, and suggestions for improving health care relationships. Communication of client care was identified as the most salient sub-theme amongst the participants. Participants found communication by health care professionals as inadequate when interacting with individuals with a diagnosis of BPD. Participants believed that lack of communication could yield negative health care outcomes for this population. Implications for health care professionals is to gain a comprehensive understanding of this population through enhanced education so they can be able to provide care that is supportive and respectful.
Women--Mental healthBorderline personality disorderPower (Social sciences)Mental health services
Brandon UniversityFaculty of Health Studies