Remarkable Lives : Jana Rozenhalova in conversation with Jerome Carson

Rozenhalova, Jana and Carson, Jerome ORCID: 0000-0002-7596-116X (2017) Remarkable Lives : Jana Rozenhalova in conversation with Jerome Carson. Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 21 (5). pp. 259-263. ISSN 2042-8316

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide a profile of Jana Rozenhalova. Design/methodology/approach : Jana provides a short summary of her life and is then interviewed by Jerome. Findings : Jana tells us about her long struggles with eating disorders and provides us with the metaphor that it is like being a broken cup glued back together again. You have to be very careful it does not break again. Research limitations/implications : Jana’s story is one, yet it offers us unique insights. She comments at one point, “[…] if it was not for the eating disorders […] I would not be me”. Practical implications : Jana notes that while she could see many reasons behind her eating disorders, they did not really matter. What mattered was that she could overcome them. Social implications : While Jana first thought hope was an empty word, she now realises in retrospect that she was more hopeful than anyone she knew. As Patricia Deegan (1996) puts it, “Hope is not just a nice sounding euphemism. Hope and biological life are inextricably intertwined” (p. 93). Originality/value : Jana concludes her account saying she would like to be able to look back at her life and feel that she had lived up to her potential. Most of us would also be happy with that outcome.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2017, Emerald Publishing Limited
Uncontrolled Keywords: Positive psychology, Education, Recovery, Hope, Eating disorders, Anorexia
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2018 10:02
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2019 16:26
Identification Number: 10.1108/MHSI-09-2017-0037

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