Aktivitet: Foredrag og mundtlige bidrag › Konferenceoplæg
The aim of this study was to explore how Danish adults with an acquired brain injury (ABI) experience encounters with professionals during their rehabilitation process. The study draws on empirical data from 82 adults with moderate to severe ABI collected as part of a Ph.D. project (Glintborg, 2015) and a 5-year follow up study. Discourse analysis drawing on the concepts of self and other positioning (Harré & van Langenhove, 1999) was applied to investigate participants’ construction of identity through self-narratives. Analysis reveal that once diagnosed with ABI, this label can take a master status in encounters with professionals. Professionals' reification of the diagnosis of brain injury can be oppressive because it subjugates humanity such that everything a person does can be interpreted as part of the neurological disability. We conclude that there is a need for a new kind of professionalism that balance the diagnostic lens with a lens on the person as a human being.