Biography and Mental Health

Monday, 11 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 32 (Main Building)
RC49 Mental Health and Illness (host committee)
RC38 Biography and Society

Language: English

Biographical pathways and events can contribute to mental health and illness. On the one hand, adverse and stressful biographical experiences like violence, abuse, oppression or (illegalized or forced) migration play an important role in the development and course of mental illness. On the other hand, salutogenetic approaches focus on biographical coping or biographical work with such adverse experiences. 
From a methodological perspective, biographical narratives provide insight into subjective understanding and explanations of the role of life experiences and specific patterns of biographical work for mental health/illness in interrelation with the societal constellations (as well as on specific biographical coping mechanism). We are looking forward to receive papers dealing with the diverse interrelations between biographic experiences and events and mental health/mental illness.
Session Organizers:
Silvia KRUMM, Ulm University, Germany and Gabriele ROSENTHAL, Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany
The Meaning of Illness: Narrative Approaches
Bruce COHEN, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Narrating the Impact of Child Sexual Abuse on Adult Mental Health
Katie WRIGHT, La Trobe University, Australia
Civic Engagement As Biographical Work and Contribution to Mental Health
Heike STECKLUM, University of Göttingen, Germany
Migrant Women's Life Narratives - Paths to Achieving a Strong Soc in the Face of Migration and Acculturation
Jasmijn SLOOTJES, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands; Saskia KEUZENKAMP, Movisie - Netherlands Centre for Social Development, Netherlands; Sawitri SAHARSO, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Social Events and Biographical Experiences. The Ayotzinapa Case in Gestalt Therapy Sessions
Minerva ROJAS RUIZ, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico