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Title:The personal experiences of liver transplant and the interactive processes of self-redefinition
Author(s):Chadha, Janice Hays
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Kagle, Jill Doner
Department / Program:Social Work
Discipline:Social Work
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Theory and Methods
Social Work
Abstract:This qualitative, exploratory study was conducted to discover the lived experiences of liver transplant recipients as they understand the emotional processes of self-redefinition and coping. Twelve liver transplant recipients and their emotional associates were interviewed over a two-year period using scheduled, unstructured questioning to learn their lived experiences through personal stories. These interviews provided insight into the interactive processes of self-redefinition in response to the threat of fatal disease, miraculous but uncertain reprieve, and guarded recovery.
Data were analyzed using interpretive interaction methodology. There were two significant findings. First, categorical emotional epiphanies that produced profound intrapersonal and relational changes were delineated. Second, a process of unshared internal dialogues that produce unilateral shifts in emotion and attitude in relationship was discovered.
Finally, this model of emotional re-structuring provides information necessary for informed consumer and clinical decision-making and provides a base point for examining generalizability to other catastrophic disease experiences.
Issue Date:1995
Rights Information:Copyright 1995 Chadha, Janice Hays
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9624304
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9624304

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