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dc.contributor.authorFullagar, Simoneen_US
dc.contributor.authorO'Brien, Wendyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:45:23Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:45:23Z
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.issn02779536en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.07.041en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/63950
dc.description.abstractIn Australia, like other advanced liberal democracies, the adoption of a recovery orientation was hailed as a major leap forward in mental health policy and service provision. We argue that this shift in thinking about the meaning of recovery requires further analysis of the gendered dimension of self-identity and relationships with the social world. In this article we focus on how mid-life women constructed meaning about recovery through their everyday practices of self-care within the gendered context of depression. Findings from our qualitative research with 31 mid-life women identified how the recovery process was complicated by relapses into depression, with many women critically questioning the limitations of biomedical treatment options for a more relational understanding of recovery. Participant stories revealed important tacit knowledge about recovery that emphasised the process of realising and recognising capacities and self-knowledge. We identify two central themes through which women's tacit knowledge of this changing relation to self in recovery is made explicit: the disciplined self of normalised recovery, redefining recovery and depression. The findings point to the need to reconsider how both recovery discourses and gendered expectations can complicate women's experiences of moving through depression. We argue for a different conceptualisation of recovery as a social practice through which women realise opportunities to embody different 'beings and doings'. A gendered understanding of what women themselves identify is important to their well-being, can contribute to more effective recovery oriented policies based on capability rather than deficit.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
dc.format.extent215898 bytes
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherPergamon Pressen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom116en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto124en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalSocial Science & Medicineen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume117en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Services not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSociology not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111799en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160899en_US
dc.titleSocial recovery and the move beyond deficit models of depression: A feminist analysis of mid-life women's self-care practicesen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.rights.copyright© 2014 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.en_US
gro.date.issued2015-02-04T04:26:27Z
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