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Fighting the Whole System: Dissociative Identity Disorder, Labelling Theory and Iatrogenic Doubting

Floris, J and McPherson, S (2015) 'Fighting the Whole System: Dissociative Identity Disorder, Labelling Theory and Iatrogenic Doubting.' Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 16 (4). 476 - 493. ISSN 1529-9732

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Abstract

This research examines how individuals diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder construe their experiences of being labeled with a contested diagnosis. Semistructured interviews were conducted in the United Kingdom with 5 women and 2 men diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder. A framework analysis was conducted. The analysis identified 2 overarching themes: diagnosis cross-examined and navigating care systems. The diagnosis appeared to be continually assessed by participants for its fit with symptoms, and the doubt among professionals seemed to be unhelpfully reflected in participants? attempts to understand and come to terms with their experiences. The findings are considered in light of labeling theory, the iatrogenic effects of professional doubt, and current debates concerning the reliability and validity of psychiatric diagnostic systems that have been reinvigorated by the publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychiatric diagnosis, dissociative identity disorder, childhood trauma, labeling theory, iatrogenic doubting
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2015 10:54
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2019 11:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12832

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