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Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2011 Mar;20(2):276-82. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2010.01220.x. Epub 2010 Aug 26.

Identity and psychological ownership in chronic illness and disease state.

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School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. wally.karnilowicz@vu.edu.au

Abstract

Psychological ownership is rarely considered in health discourse related to chronic illness or disease state. Construction of identity is an important consideration within this framework. This autoethnographic study explores psychological ownership and identity related to prostate cancer and chronic illness. Conclusions about the nature of psychological ownership and identity were gathered from the relevant literature and personal experience. Themes include the patient-healthcare professional relationship and that psychological ownership is personal and grounded in an individual's sense of identity, control and perceived capacity to control illness or disease. Personal reflection through autoethnography guides discussion of psychological ownership and identity.

PMID:
20738388
PMCID:
PMC3056146
DOI:
10.1111/j.1365-2354.2010.01220.x
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