"It feels like we are aliens": A narrative inquiry of life stories told by women with ADHD.

dc.contributor.advisorBoynton, Heather
dc.contributor.authorMerrick, Jennifer
dc.contributor.committeememberMcLuckie, Alan
dc.contributor.committeememberClimie, Emma
dc.contributor.committeememberMcLaughlin, Anne-Marie
dc.date2023-02
dc.date.accessioned2023-01-17T20:26:25Z
dc.date.available2023-01-17T20:26:25Z
dc.date.issued2023-01-09
dc.description.abstractThere is a dearth of research on women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and women’s voices and experiences of ADHD need to be better heard and understood. This qualitative inquiry aimed to better understand the lived and holistic experiences of women with ADHD in Alberta Canada, and how their experiences impacted identity and sense of self. A holistic perspective was chosen as it considers not only the mind, but the body and spirituality of the individual which are important to understanding self and experience. This study interviewed six adult women from Alberta, Canada using a narrative inquiry methodology. Themes presented from the narratives included 1) ‘feeling like an alien’ and experiences of alienation from self and social worlds; 2) differences in male and female experiences; 3) narratives of self-discovery, acceptance, and redefining success; 4) narratives on the importance of relationships; 5) narratives on identity and ADHD; 6) narratives on a holistic sense of self. This study presented an important perspective and insight into the worlds of women living with ADHD, and additionally exposed several gaps in the literature that would be important for further social work research and informing practice.en_US
dc.identifier.citationMerrick, J. (2023). "It feels like we are aliens": a narrative inquiry of life stories told by women with ADHD (Master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from https://prism.ucalgary.ca.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/115684
dc.identifier.urihttps://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/40602
dc.publisher.facultySocial Worken_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.en_US
dc.subjectNarrativeen_US
dc.subjectWomenen_US
dc.subjectADHDen_US
dc.subjectAttention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorderen_US
dc.subjectHolisticen_US
dc.subjectSpiritualityen_US
dc.subjectEmbodimenten_US
dc.subjectLife Story Interviewen_US
dc.subject.classificationSocial Worken_US
dc.subject.classificationMental Healthen_US
dc.title"It feels like we are aliens": A narrative inquiry of life stories told by women with ADHD.en_US
dc.typemaster thesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSocial Worken_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgaryen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Social Work (MSW)en_US
ucalgary.item.requestcopytrueen_US
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