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Professor Mike Slade

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Cultural orientation as a mediator of recovery narrative impact


Recovery narratives are widely used in the NHS. The NEON study investigated the impact of receiving recorded mental health recovery narratives on recipients. Culture influences the impact of stories, e.g. a story about a narrator choosing to restrict personal freedom by caring for another will be more positively valorised in collectivist than individualistic cultures. A collectivist-oriented recipient may find this narrative reinforcing of social identity, whereas an individualistic-oriented recipient may feel disempowered. This mixed-methods PhD will explore the impact of narratives on recipients with individualistic versus collectivist cultural orientations. The student will join the internationally leading Recovery Research Team.


Severe Mental Health


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