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UNFOLD aims to identify the processes involved in developing an identity as a ‘person in recovery’, and how recovery from mental ill health may ‘unfold’ over time. It is funded by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre from 2018 to 2022 as a PhD studentship for Emilia Deakin.

UNFOLD 2 Study

UNFOLD 2 aims to investigate how someone’s social groups change as they recover from psychosis, and the effect that this may have on their wellbeing. 50 participants will answer questionnaires about their recovery and wellbeing. Then they will use a use a specialised internet platform to create two maps of their social identity groups, and to describe how the groups relate to each other. One map will be from a time before their recovery, and one based on the present. Some participants will also be invited to participate in an interview to discuss the differences between the two maps, how their groups changed and how the social groups have affected their wellbeing.

Aims and objectives

To characterise the processes involved in developing an identity as a person in recovery, with particular attention to social identity and sense of wellbeing.

For people with experience of psychosis who are in the Rebuilding and Growth stages of recovery, how does previous social identity during the Moratorium stage of recovery differ from current social identity?

– To explore the role of social relationships in recovery from psychosis.
– To investigate the relationship between social identity change and eudaimonic wellbeing.

Study progress

We have published a systematic review of design decisions in experience sampling methods in psychosis here, based on a pre-registered protocol here.

If you would like further information about UNFOLD please contact Emilia Deakin at Emilia.Deakin@nottingham.ac.uk.