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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Holding blame at bay? 'Gene talk' in family members' accounts of schizophrenia aetiology
Authors: Callard, Felicity
Rose, Diana
Hanif, Emma-Louise
Quigley, Jody
Greenwood, Kathryn
Wykes, Til
Contact Email: j.m.quigley@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: schizophrenia
genetics
inheritance
family
mothers
emotion
Issue Date: Sep-2012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Citation: Callard F, Rose D, Hanif E, Quigley J, Greenwood K & Wykes T (2012) Holding blame at bay? 'Gene talk' in family members' accounts of schizophrenia aetiology, BioSocieties, 7 (3), pp. 273-293.
Abstract: We provide the first detailed analysis of how, for what purposes and with what consequences people related to someone with a diagnosis of schizophrenia use ‘gene talk'. The article analyses findings from a qualitative interview study conducted in London and involving 19 participants (mostly women). We transcribed the interviews verbatim and analysed them using grounded theory methods. We analyse how and for what purposes participants mobilized ‘gene talk' in their affectively freighted encounter with an unknown interviewer. Gene talk served to (re)position blame and guilt, and was simultaneously used imaginatively to forge family history narratives. Family members used ‘gene talk' to recruit forebears with no psychiatric diagnosis into a family history of mental illness, and presented the origins of the diagnosed family member's schizophrenia as lying temporally before, and hence beyond the agency of the immediate family. Gene talk was also used in attempts to dislodge the distressing figure of the schizophrenia-inducing mother. ‘Gene talk', however, ultimately displaced, rather than resolved, the (self-)blame of many family members, particularly mothers. Our article challenges the commonly expressed view that genetic accounts will absolve family members' sense of (self-)blame in relation to their relative's/relatives' diagnosis.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/21781
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/biosoc.2012.12
Rights: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
Affiliation: Durham University
King's College London
King's College London
Management Work and Organisation
University of Sussex
King's College London

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