Demoralization: Its Phenomenology and Importance

@article{Clarke2002DemoralizationIP,
  title={Demoralization: Its Phenomenology and Importance},
  author={D. Clarke and D. Kissane},
  journal={Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry},
  year={2002},
  volume={36},
  pages={733 - 742}
}
  • D. Clarke, D. Kissane
  • Published 2002
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Objective: Demoralization, as described by Jerome Frank, is experienced as a persistent inability to cope, together with associated feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, meaninglessness, subjective incompetence and diminished self-esteem. It is arguably the main reason people seek psychiatric treatment, yet is a concept largely ignored in psychiatry. The aim here is to review and summarize the literature pertaining to demoralization in order to examine the validity of the construct. Method: A… Expand
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