WORK STORIES: PSYCHOLOGICAL RESPONSES TO WORK IN A POPULATION OF DUALLY DIAGNOSED ADULTS Maxine Harris, Ph.D., Richard R. Bebout, Ph.D., David W. Freeman, Psy.D., Margaret D. Hobbs, M.S.W., John D. Kline, M.S.W., Sharon L. Miller, M.S.W., and Leon D. Vanasse, M.A. As we try to make sense of our experience, we all rely, to some extent, on stories that organize and help us process new infor- mation. In some instances, these stories are simply a statement of one's beliefs about one's self; at times they are well articulated personal mythologies. In either case, these stories help to con- solidate identity; they also explain events, both to oneself and to others. In some cases, stories structure experience in such a way as to open up certain options and close off others. The story can thus either impede or facilitate new learning. For people diagnosed with a major mental illness, the story of "my illness" can become such a big story that it may eclipse or at least appear to eclipse all other structuring stories. As part of a three year project designed to enhance the vocational oppor- tunities of a group of dually diagnosed men and women enrolled in a
Psychiatric Quarterly – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 14, 2004
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