Self-Compliance at ’Prozac campus’

Self-Compliance at ’Prozac campus’

Self-Compliance at ’Prozac campus’

Self-Compliance at ’Prozac campus’s

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Référence bibliographique [10360]

McKinney, Kelly A. et Greenfield, Brian G. 2010. «Self-Compliance at ’Prozac campus’ ». Anthropology & Medicine, vol. 17, no 2, p. 173-185.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs

Intentions :
«This paper will focus on psychiatric medication experiences among North American university students to explore a new cultural and social landscape of medication ‘compliance.’» (p.173)

2. Méthode

Échantillon/Matériau :
«The data for this study are drawn from interviews with twenty-two 19–24-year-old university or post-university young adults living in Montréal, QC.» (p. 175)

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé

«In this landscape, patients assume significant personal decision-making power in terms of dosages, when to discontinue use and even what medications to take. Patients carefully monitor and regulate their moods, and actively gather and circulate newly legitimated blends of expert and experiential knowledge about psychiatric medications among peers, family members and their physicians. The medications too, take a vital role in shaping this landscape, and help to create the spaces for meaning-making and interpretation described and explored in this article. In concluding the article, the authors claim that two popular academic discourses in medical anthropology, one of patient empowerment and shared decision-making and the other of technologies of self and governmentality, may fail to account for other orders of reality that this paper describes – orders shaped and influenced by unconscious, unexpressed and symbolic motivations.» (p. 173). One section of this article is devoted entirely to family prescriptions. Especially about the «[...] the use of psychiatric medications mediates and shapes the psychic and social field of the family, and the family in turn influences and molds both medication use and experience. An added twist to this dynamic constellation emerges when other family members, particularly parents, have their own personal histories with psychiatric medications.» (p. 180)