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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


This qualitative phenomenological research study examines language, specifically the language of diagnosis, and the making of meaning for individuals who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The study sample consists of six participants who had received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder three or more years ago. Data were collected through hour-long, semi-structured interviews with each participant at a single point in time. Findings revealed three broad themes: (a) The participants' experience of language, (b) The participants' making of meaning, or where strength was found, and (c) The function of language.


iii, 75 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2007. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 65-67).