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Title: An Autoethnography of a Mature Aged Student with a Schizoaffective Disorder: The Place of Education in Maintaining Wellness
Contributor(s): Casselle, Gayle (author); Graham, Lorraine (supervisor); Paterson, David (supervisor)
Conferred Date: 2012
Copyright Date: 2011
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: By discovering one's inner strengths and aptitudes, personal and academic achievements are possible which will inspire others in procuring and maintaining wellness. The methodology utilized in this thesis is autoethnography, where the candidate is the "subject" of the research. I have a diagnosis of a schizoaffective disorder. Detrimental risk factors in living from day-to-day exacerbate the impact of having this severe mental illness. Symptomology includes the schizophrenic characteristics of hallucinations and delusions, side-by-side with the affective mood swings of a bipolar psychosis. A maintenance and protective regime is necessary, consisting of psychotherapy, psychotropic medications and, in my case, regular electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). As part of this ethnographic study, readers are asked to "relive" the happenings emotionally by referring to my diaries and journals together with individual recollections of friends, family and practitioners'. My academic achievements are also explored by investigating my performance during the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) degree attained at the University of New England between 2001 and 2006. Research questions centre on the importance that educational experiences have on a particular individual's ability to cope with a severe psychiatric disability.
Publication Type: Thesis Masters Research
Field of Research Codes: 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
Rights Statement: Copyright 2011 - Gayle Casselle
HERDC Category Description: T1 Thesis - Masters Degree by Research
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