Fitting identity into place: the integration of chronic illness into self-concept and space
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The author interviewed sixteen young adults with chronic bowel and bladder conditions. From these interviews, she determined that illness and non-ill identities are often in conflict throughout much of childhood and adolescence and also across various spaces in individuals' lives. As individuals develop strategies to manage their illness identity and, ultimately, learn to cope with their illness, the author found that some respondents reconcile their dual identities. These individuals come to recognize their illness identity not as a distinct but as an integral aspect of their self-concept.
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