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Epiphanies and research in the field of mental health.

Lees, J (2009) Epiphanies and research in the field of mental health. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 16 (8). 703 - 710 . ISSN 1351-0126


In this paper I will argue that investigating our professional experiences can enrich our understanding, widen our perspective, transform our inner lives and create an endless source of discovery about ourselves, society and the professional discursive systems that we inhabit. I will call such events, after Denzin's work in 1989, epiphanies. In order to develop the theme I will give an account of my own experience of two such epiphanies on a psychoanalytic training course in counselling. I will then present my reflexive analysis of these events over the years, including my reflections on the peer review comments for this paper, and finish with some questions arising out of the study relating to the current status of nursing as an academic profession.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Healthcare (Leeds) > Leeds Institute of Health & Social Work > AU Psycho-Social Sciences (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 12:06
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:42
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01445.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01445.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43723

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