Position in Doctors' Questions Psychiatric Interviews

Justyna Ziółkowska

Abstract

In this article I apply the concept of positioning to the analysis of 15 initial psychiatric interviews. I argue that through their questions the psychiatrists-in-training impose positions requiring the patients to gaze at themselves and their actual problems from particular perspectives. I point to three such positions: (a) the position of the observing assessor, from which it is expected that the patients will make a detached assessment of themselves or their problems, (b) the position of the informing witness, which requires the patients only to verify the information about themselves, and (c) the marginal one, the position of the experiencing narrator, from which talk about experiences and problems is expected. I explore the roots and consequences of the positions, with particular attention toward objectivization of the patients’ experiences in the dominant witness and assessor positions. I conclude with a discussion about the medical model in psychiatry.
Author Justyna Ziółkowska (Wydział Zamiejscowy we Wrocławiu)
Justyna Ziółkowska,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy we Wrocławiu
Journal seriesQualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, (A 30 pkt)
Issue year2009
Vol19 (11)
Pages1621-1631
Publication size in sheets0
DOIDOI:10.1177/1049732309350685
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