The language of subjective well-being

Caldwell, David, Tebble, Helen and Clarke, David 2006, The language of subjective well-being, in Proceedings of the 7th Australian Conference on Quality of Life, [The Conference], [Melbourne, Vic.].

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Title The language of subjective well-being
Author(s) Caldwell, David
Tebble, Helen
Clarke, David
Conference name Australian Conference on Quality of Life (7th : 2005 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 24 Nov. 2005
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 7th Australian Conference on Quality of Life
Editor(s) Blore, J.
Gluskie, A.
MacKay, Y.
Publication date 2006
Conference series Australian Conference on Quality of Life
Publisher [The Conference]
Place of publication [Melbourne, Vic.]
Summary The Language of Depression project is a linguistic study of the language of Acute Care Hospital patients suffering depression with the ultimate aim of enabling medical and nursing staff to become more aware of their patients’ depression and immediately refer them for psychological or psychiatric help. As part of that larger project, and following recent developments in positive psychology (e.g. Seligman 2002) this paper will focus exclusively on the control group, that is, the language of those Acute Care Hospital patients deemed non-depressed. The data comprise 30 minute interviews between the patients and a Consultation-liaison psychiatrist. Prior to interview, the patients were screened using the Brief Case-find for Depression (Clarke et al. 1994). From the screening, patients were then deemed likely to be depressed and likely to be non-depressed. This paper reports on the analysis of 10 patients deemed as non-depressed. Using the linguistic theory of Systemic Functional Linguistics, the data were analysed for their Appraisal features (e.g. Martin and Rose 2003). Appraisal analysis provides a lexico-semantic analysis that is concerned with how speakers use language to evaluate as well as negotiate relationships. The Appraisal analysis has been used to identify in the language of non-depressed patients the types of attitudes that facilitate psychological well-being. This paper will present some analysed extracts from the interviews to show how key features of subjective well-being are realised in the language of non-depressed Acute Care Hospital patients.
Language eng
Field of Research 200403 Discourse and Pragmatics
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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