Discourse analysis and the experience of ECT

Hannah Frith, Lucy Johnstone

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The authors present a discourse analysis of an influential paper on the experience of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). By focusing on how patients are construed in this article, they deconstruct theways in which the case for ECTas ‘helpful and not particularly frightening’ is made. They argue that, as with all academic writing, a discourse of scientific objectivity can be used to privilege certain views and promote certain interests.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-203
Number of pages15
JournalPsychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005

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© 2005 The British Psychological Society


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