AN INTERPRETATIVE PHENOMENOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF SOMATIZATION EXPERIENCES

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2022-9-8
Temizel Kırışman, Selin
The term “somatization” is derived from the Greek word soma which refers to the body. Somatization is characterized by the medically unexplained symptoms and the tendency to express the psychological distress with bodily symptoms. Majority of the research on somatization has been reserved to understanding what psychosomatic behaviour is, categorization of psychosomatic behaviour, prevalence rates and reflections of somatization in the medical system, while little research has focused to explore the personal experiences in somatization in clinical context. Therefore, the current study aimed to investigate how individuals with psychosomatic complaints interact with their bodies and their experiences related to symptom. 7 female individuals who have been experiencing psychosomatic symptoms participated in the study. As a result of the interpretative phenomenological analysis of 7 cases, 5 superordinate themes emerged, which were ‘Explanations for the somatic symptoms’, ‘Deprived needs in relationship with parents and ambivalent emotions as an adult child’, ‘Reflection of the symptoms on their motherhood experiences’, ‘Life before and after the symptoms: Comparisons between past and current selves and others’ and ‘Need for support from significant others’. These themes and the clinical implications of the results were discussed in the light of the literature.

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S. Temizel Kırışman, “AN INTERPRETATIVE PHENOMENOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF SOMATIZATION EXPERIENCES,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.