Recovery and self-identity development following a first episode of psychosis

Cogan, Nicola and Schwannauer, Matthias and Harper, Sean (2019) Recovery and self-identity development following a first episode of psychosis. Journal of Public Mental Health. ISSN 1746-5729 (In Press)

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    Abstract

    Research on recovery in the early phase of psychosis has risen dramatically in recent years (Santesteban-Echarri et al, 2017). A growing interest in understanding and treating the early phase of psychosis has brought forth a sense of optimism and hope of altering its course (Bonnett et al, 2018; Lower et al, 2015). The onset of psychosis typically develops during adolescence or early adulthood; a crucial period for forming peer networks, beginning the transition from family to independence, and developing a stable sense of self (Harrop & Trower, 2003). Chronicity of psychosis is often conceived of as a loss of self and of positive social roles and identity (McCarthy-Jones et al, 2012). Experiencing a psychotic episode in early adolescence often disrupts developmental tasks of establishing an identity and becoming more autonomous (Gumley & MacBeth, 2014).