Mental Health Patients’ Experiences of Being Misunderstood

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Mona M. Shattell, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Mental health patients describe “being understood” as an experience that evokes feelings of importance, worthiness, and empowerment. However, the experience of “being misunderstood” is more prevalent in patients’ relationships with health care providers. Negative consequences such as vulnerability, dehumanization, and frustration reveal that being misunderstood has the potential to damage or destroy therapeutic relationships. The purpose of this secondary analysis was to examine mental health patients’ experiences of being misunderstood.

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J Am Psychiatr Nurses Assoc, 2009; 15(3), 191-199. DOI: 10.1177/1078390309336932
Language: English
Date: 2009
Mental health patients, Being misunderstood

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