School for Social Work
Manic-depressive persons-Psychology, Self-consciousness (Awareness), Identity (Psychology), Self psychology, Mixed methods research, Bipolar disorder, Mental illness, Identity, Sense of self
This mixed-method thesis explores the impact of Identity, operationally defined as the framework from which individuals interact with the world, and on the lived experience and symptom management of bipolar disorder. I created an online survey for participants to use as my research tool, utilizing a standardized scale, the Sense of Self Scale (SOSS), in conjunction with my ow Likert scale items for the quantitative component, and open-ended questions for the qualitative component of the research. A positive correlation was found between self-identified symptom management and SOSS, showing that individuals with a higher sense-of-self score did have better management of symptoms from the disorder. I also conducted a thematic analysis of openended survey items in the research and explored various treatments for multiple variables for my research. Clinical implications of this research support fostering a sense of self and strengthening identity in working with individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Jaffe, Lisa M., "The impact of identity on the experience and management of bipolar disorders" (2015). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.