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Communication and control in the co-construction of depression women's accounts of their interactions with health practitioners

Egan, Ronnie and Gridley, Heather and Hood, Bernadette and Brew, Christine (2003) Communication and control in the co-construction of depression women's accounts of their interactions with health practitioners. Australian journal of primary health, 9 (1). ISSN 1448-7527

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Abstract

This paper explores control and communication processes in the course of women's help seeking for depression. Although depression rates are consistently higher for women than for men, there is little information on women's experiences of seeking support or treatment. Feminist theory and research highlight the centrality ofpower and control for women's health and wellbeing, but examination ofmechanisms mediating power andpowerlessness within treatment contexts is lacking. This study utilises a predominantly qualitative methodology to explore how 14 women diagnosed with depression describe interactions with health practitioners. Building on previous theoretical positions, we develop a framework to encompass the complexities of the women's accounts, providing insight intoprocesses by which women and health practitioners co-construct healthcare interactions. The findings suggest that for these women, the commonly posited dichotomy between understandings of depression as either a biomedical or Sociocultural construct was less salient than, and mediated by, issues of control and communication. Financial and systemic considerations emerged as contextual mediators of both the women's and health practitioners' degree of control in working towards improved health outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: depression, communication, help seeking
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
FOR Classification > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2011 02:46
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 22:53
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/16026
DOI: 10.1071/PY03004
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