Maps, models, and narratives: the ways people talk about depression

Kokanovic, R, Butler, E, Halilovich, H, Palmer, V, Griffiths, F, Dowrick, C and Gunn, J 2013, 'Maps, models, and narratives: the ways people talk about depression', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 114-125.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Maps, models, and narratives: the ways people talk about depression
Author(s) Kokanovic, R
Butler, E
Halilovich, H
Palmer, V
Griffiths, F
Dowrick, C
Gunn, J
Year 2013
Journal name Qualitative Health Research
Volume number 23
Issue number 1
Start page 114
End page 125
Total pages 12
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract Many researchers within the social sciences, medicine, and humanities have examined the ways people talk and think about depression. In their research and published literature they have attempted to determine the theoretical frameworks and appropriate language for categorizing such concepts and understandings. Drawing from mental health and broader social science scholarship, in this article we examine three approaches to developing an inclusive understanding of depression experiences: explanatory models, exploratory maps, and illness narratives. Utilizing these terms in the analysis of a single dataset, we identified multiple conceptual terms with potential analytical validity. Furthermore, we argue that variable usage and meanings of these concepts among lay people might contribute to a shared understanding of depression between lay people and experts, and ultimately have positive consequences for clinical practice.
Subject Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) depression
health care
lay concepts and practices
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1049732312467231
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2013
ISSN 1049-7323
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