She Provided the Platform, the Space: Mental Health Patients' Experiences of Being Understood

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155368
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Presentation
Title:
She Provided the Platform, the Space: Mental Health Patients' Experiences of Being Understood
Abstract:
She Provided the Platform, the Space: Mental Health Patients' Experiences of Being Understood
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:Shattell, Mona, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Title:Assistant Professor
Co-Authors:Beverly Hogan, MSN, RN, CS; Sara McAllister, RN, BS; Sandra P. Thomas, RN, PhD, FAAN
Significance: The nurse-patient relationship is foundational to psychiatric/mental health nursing. Research has shown that understanding has a significant influence on nurse-patient interaction and that people with mental illness often do not feel understood by their mental health care providers. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of being understood by persons with mental illness.  Design: Existential phenomenology.Sample: Participants included 20 individuals living in the community who self-identified as having one or more mental illnesses.Method: This study was conducted within the tradition of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty. Nondirective, in-depth interviews were conducted, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed for themes. Findings: Against the ground of misunderstanding and stigmatization, the experience of being understood was expressed in three figural themes: ?I was important,? ?it really made us connect,? and ?they got on my level.?  Some of the findings challenge a number of longstanding thoughts about therapeutic communication and the nurse-patient relationship.Understanding meant being treated as a human being. Persons with mental illness wanted someone to listen to them; however, listening alone was not enough. Conclusions: Participants did not describe the experience of being understood without also describing experiences of being misunderstood. Aspects of misunderstanding and stigmatization included vulnerability, loneliness and isolation. The experience of being understood made individuals feel important in a world that often disregarded them by putting them into the ?do not count category.? Implications: Findings from this study contribute to the limited body of knowledge on what it means to be understood and provide data for further research on interventions to enhance understanding and connection to persons with mental illness. Nurses can use this knowledge to develop deeper understandings and create more meaningful therapeutic relationships.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleShe Provided the Platform, the Space: Mental Health Patients' Experiences of Being Understooden_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155368-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">She Provided the Platform, the Space: Mental Health Patients' Experiences of Being Understood</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Shattell, Mona, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of North Carolina at Greensboro</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">mona_shattell@uncg.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Beverly Hogan, MSN, RN, CS; Sara McAllister, RN, BS; Sandra P. Thomas, RN, PhD, FAAN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Significance: The nurse-patient relationship is foundational to psychiatric/mental health nursing. Research has shown that understanding has a significant influence on nurse-patient interaction and that people with mental illness often do not feel understood by their mental health care providers. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of being understood by persons with mental illness. &nbsp;Design: Existential phenomenology.Sample: Participants included 20 individuals living in the community who self-identified as having one or more mental illnesses.Method: This study was conducted within the tradition of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty. Nondirective, in-depth interviews were conducted, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed for themes. Findings: Against the ground of misunderstanding and stigmatization, the experience of being understood was expressed in three figural themes: ?I was important,? ?it really made us connect,? and ?they got on my level.?&nbsp; Some of the findings challenge a number of longstanding thoughts about therapeutic communication and the nurse-patient relationship.Understanding meant being treated as a human being. Persons with mental illness wanted someone to listen to them; however, listening alone was not enough. Conclusions: Participants did not describe the experience of being understood without also describing experiences of being misunderstood. Aspects of misunderstanding and stigmatization included vulnerability, loneliness and isolation. The experience of being understood made individuals feel important in a world that often disregarded them by putting them into the ?do not count category.? Implications: Findings from this study contribute to the limited body of knowledge on what it means to be understood and provide data for further research on interventions to enhance understanding and connection to persons with mental illness. Nurses can use this knowledge to develop deeper understandings and create more meaningful therapeutic relationships.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:46:45Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:46:45Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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