Background to the problem:
� What is known already about the issue?
� What is the gap in knowledge?
� What will the study attempt to do in order to answer the gap in knowledge
� Is the study guided by a theoretical/conceptual framework? If so, what is it and how will
it be used?
Topic- what is the lived experience of drug- induced psychosis amongst young adults?
Study objectives and study significance
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What is the lived experience of drug induced psychosis among young adults?
Most of people with mental illness experience double challenges. On one hand, they
struggle with disabilities and symptoms associated with the disease whereas on the other hand,
they experience challenges associated with prejudice that arise from publics misconceptions
about mental health (Shrivastava, Johnston, & Bureau, 2012). Due to these two challenges,
young people diagnosed with drug induced psychosis are robbed off the opportunities that
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normally define the quality of life such s good jobs, safe housing, social interaction and
satisfactory health (Kuipers et al., 2014).
Although there has been extensive research on the impact of stigmatization in other
mental illness such as schizophrenia, dementia, bipolar among other, much more work is
needed so as to fully understand the breadth of prejudice against people living with drug
induced psychosis (Burns, Erickson, & Brenner, 2014; Malla, Joober, & Garcia, 2015). The
study attempts to explore the living experiences of youths diagnosed with drug-induced
psychosis by focusing on the impact of prejudice and stigmatization on the quality of their lives.
The study’s research method is qualitative study that involves semi-structured interview that lasts
10-15 minutes. The study objectives include;
1) To explore the living experiences of young men diagnosed with drug induced psychosis
2) To identify factors that enhance their ability to cope with their life experiences
3) To identify factors that diminish their ability to cope with their daily life experiences
4) To describe evidence based coping strategies that will help the young men to cope with
this mental illness
The study will be guided by ADAPT model theoretical framework. This model stipulates
that the society is grounded on five main psychosocial pillars including a) safety/ security; b)
Bonds/Networks; c) Justice; d) Roles and e) existential meaning. The model is used to guide the
study because the pillars are considered to be essential in psychosocial recovery in patients
diagnosed with drug induced psychosis (Welsh et al., 2015).
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Burns, A. M., Erickson, D. H., & Brenner, C. A. (2014). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for
medication-resistant psychosis: a meta-analytic review. Psychiatric Services, 65(7), 874-
Kuipers, E., Yesufu-Udechuku, A., Taylor, C., & Kendall, T. (2014). Management of psychosis
and schizophrenia in adults: summary of updated NICE guidance. BMJ: British Medical
Malla, A., Joober, R., & Garcia, A. (2015). “Mental illness is like any other medical illness”: a
critical examination of the statement and its impact on patient care and society. Journal
of Psychiatry & Neuroscience : JPN, 40(3), 147–150.
Shrivastava, A., Johnston, M., & Bureau, Y. (2012). Stigma of mental illness-1: Clinical
reflections. Mens sana monographs, 10(1), 70.
Welsh, J., Strazdins, L., Ford, L., Friel, S., O’Rourke, K., Carbone, S., & Carlon, L. (2015).
Promoting equity in the mental wellbeing of children and young people: a scoping
review. Health promotion international, 30(suppl 2), ii36-ii76.