Development of chronic illness identities among women
Adams, Heather Lynn
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The current qualitative study employed a modified form of constant comparative analysis to produce a model of the processes of developing chronic illness identities among women. Detailed interview data was collected from three participants, with part of the interview centering around the discussion of photos previously taken by the participant of events, people and things she felt were relevant to her chronic illness. Synthesis of the participant’s experiences produced a series of models of developmental experiences, including both phases and potentially influential factors. Of particular interest were findings of the potentially influential role played by disclosure experiences. In addition, developmental processes within the proposed model consisted of both a linear and a non-linear component. Although none of the findings can be taken as conclusive, due to the small sample size, several interesting areas for further inquiry were raised.