Psykologisk Institut

Krista Straarup

Narrative identity in female patients with remitted bipolar disorder: a negative past and a foreshortened future

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The present study examined narrative identity and subjective well-being in outpatients with remitted bipolar disorder (BD) and a healthy control group. Fifteen female outpatients with remitted BD and 15 healthy control participants identified past and future chapters in their life stories, gave their age for the beginning and end of each chapter, rated emotional tone as well as positive and negative self-event connections associated with the chapters, and for future chapters rated the probability of the chapter. The BD patients reported less positive emotional tone and self-event connections for past chapters, but not for future chapters. However, the patients did describe fewer future chapters with shorter temporal projection into the future, and reported lower probability of future chapters. These characteristics of chapters were related to lower subjective well-being. The study suggests that a more negative narrative identity with a foreshortened future perspective may contribute to lower subjective well-being in patients with BD.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftMemory
Vol/bind26
Nummer2
Sider (fra-til)219-228
Antal sider10
ISSN0965-8211
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2018

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