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Drug Misuse: Taking a Narrative Approach as a Means of Exploring ‘Self-Change’

Horrocks, Christine (2002) Drug Misuse: Taking a Narrative Approach as a Means of Exploring ‘Self-Change’. In: Narrative, Memory and Life Transitions. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 75-83. ISBN 9781862180338

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In this paper I explore the personal narrative of Jennifer; a woman who for the
past ten years had been using ‘hard’ drugs. When interviewed Jennifer had
been ‘sentenced’ to take part in an enforced treatment programme which aimed
to facilitate ‘self-change’. The concept of ‘self-change’ would appear to
convey a particular understanding of transitions, and changes in behaviour,
rooted in assumptions around motivation, cognition and internal forces. In the
research reported here the way in which someone ‘storied’ into a narrative of
‘self-change’ metaphorically represents her progress will be explored.

Item Type: Book Chapter
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2009 08:45
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2015 02:21


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