Your good days and your bad days : an exploration and consideration of how lay people conceptualise depression

Hogg, CE 2011, 'Your good days and your bad days : an exploration and consideration of how lay people conceptualise depression' , Journal of Psychiatric and Mental health Nursing, 18 (10) , pp. 851-861.

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Depression remains a significant public health issue globally; 121 million people are affected by depression health education campaigns. Regardless of the prevalence of depression and recent health education campaigns to reduce the burden of depression, many people are still stigmatized and sometimes excluded from the society in which they live. Using qualitative research, the aim of this study was to explore lay people's perceptions and attitudes of mental disorder and in particular depression. A purposive sample of 22 lay people were each asked to read a case scenario which was then followed up by the researcher using open-ended questions to explore their knowledge and attitudes and beliefs relating to depression. The data was analysed using Braun & Clarke's strategy of thematic analysis. The results revealed that many of the participants were familiar with the concept of depression, either through their own experiences of the disorder or through knowing people with depression. The participants also drew from psychosocial explanations of depression and located depression as part of the human condition. The paper suggests that lay people's concepts of depression offer rich complex and diverse perspectives that enhance professional views and may lead to a greater understanding of uptake and acceptance of care for depression.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental health Nursing
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1351-0126
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Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 19 May 2011 15:47
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 19:56

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