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Mental health service users in researchCritical sociological perspectives$
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Patsy Staddon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307334

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307334.001.0001

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Doing good carer-led research: reflecting on ‘Past Caring’ methodology

Doing good carer-led research: reflecting on ‘Past Caring’ methodology

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Mental health service users in research

Wendy Rickard

Rachel Purtell

Policy Press

This chapter sets out the methodological and practical details of a case study project called ‘Past Caring’, developed with and by a group of bereaved carers. The chapter's aim is to explore how service-user led ideals can be translated into real world research action, documenting the interchange between theory and practice and the realities of service-user collaboration. Drawing on the service-users’ reflections about doing carer-led, narrative research, the methodological fit with their reports is evaluated, in the context of undertaking a very emotive, personal and revealing project like ‘Past Caring’. Reported cathartic and capacity building features of the research outcomes are of key interest and the differences between research and therapy are emphasised. Within the context of mental health service users in research, the accounts reveal people's real emotional and practical experiences of being part of a service-user led research initiative with a narrative focus.

Keywords:   carer-led, empowerment, qualitative methodology, digital storytelling

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