Identity and psychological ownership in chronic illness and disease state

Karnilowicz, Wally ORCID: 0000-0002-9611-0217 (2011) Identity and psychological ownership in chronic illness and disease state. European Journal of Cancer Care, 20 (2). pp. 276-282. ISSN 0961-5423


Psychological ownership is rarely considered in health discourse related to chronic illness or disease state. Construction of identity is an important consideration within this framework. This autoethnographic study explores psychological ownership and identity related to prostate cancer and chronic illness. Conclusions about the nature of psychological ownership and identity were gathered from the relevant literature and personal experience. Themes include the patient–healthcare professional relationship and that psychological ownership is personal and grounded in an individual’s sense of identity, control and perceived capacity to control illness or disease. Personal reflection through autoethnography guides discussion of psychological ownership and identity.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2010.01220.x
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords ResPubID23916, cultural, prostate cancer, psychological, international
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