'I am not the kind of woman who complains of everything': illness stories on self and shame in women with chronic pain.

  title={'I am not the kind of woman who complains of everything': illness stories on self and shame in women with chronic pain.},
  author={A. Werner and L. Isaksen and K. Malterud},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  volume={59 5},
  • A. Werner, L. Isaksen, K. Malterud
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Social science & medicine
  • In this study, we explore issues of self and shame in illness accounts from women with chronic pain. We focused on how these issues within their stories were shaped according to cultural discourses of gender and disease. A qualitative study was conducted with in-depth interviews including a purposeful sampling of 10 women of varying ages and backgrounds with chronic muscular pain. The women described themselves in various ways as 'strong', and expressed their disgust regarding talk of illness… CONTINUE READING
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