Stigma, Self-Determination And Thriving In Young Adults With Psychosis

by Meagan Ashlea De Jong

Institution: University of New Brunswick
Year: 2012
Keywords: self-determination; stigma; young adults; psychosis; Interpretive Description; counselling
Record ID: 1961942
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1882/35881


Stigma prevents individuals with serious mental illness from seeking assistance (Fung et al., 2007; Vogel et al., 2006). Self-Determination Theory (SDT) seeks to explain how individuals are motivated by environmental factors and how these elements affect their well-being (Deci & Ryan, 1985). Limited information is available about how young adults with mental illness experience stigma, and how this affects their self-determination and ability to recover. This study explores factors that facilitated recovery and thriving behaviors in nine young adults (ages 18-25) with psychosis, by using a combination of interviews and questionnaires. Findings suggest that having a variety of supports and a determination to recover facilitates high self-determination and thriving behavior in these individuals. By identifying factors that assist these individuals ability to thrive, it is anticipated that professionals will intervene with young adults experiencing psychosis more effectively.