The MEAH map

The MEAH map

The MEAH provides a map which represent common plots of illness narratives or illness narrative master plots (Soundy 2018). This map can be broken down into two domains. The Hope and Adaptation Scale (X-Y axis) and the circumplex model of affect (Russell, 1980) that maps emotions (Z-X axis). The HAS (Soundy et al., 2016) captures a specified difficulty that has been identified as difficult to come to terms with. The Hope and Adaptation Scale and circumplex model of affect can be divided into two 9 point scales: The Hope and Adaptation Scale is divided into: (a) Psychological adaptation is captured by a scale which ranges from rejection (-4 on the scale) of the difficulty or loss through to embracement (+4 on the scale) of what has happened. These aspects represent a temporal aspect and consideration to change from the past to the present.  Acknowledgement of what had happened and its impact is a central aspect which distinguishes the common narrative plots. (b) The dichotomy of hope which is represented the individual common illness story master plot and how it relates to the future. The scale ranges from where a future cannot be seen no hope (- 4 on the scale) towards may be represented as the lowest  or no consideration to the future. Where hope of a specific and certain change in the future of one’s difficulty or situation a concrete hope is represented.  A clear two-dimensional categorization of common stories is possible, by mapping master plots on to by the HAS scale (Soundy et al., 2016) (X-Y axis of the MEAH). The graphical identification of the HAS is provided in Figure 1 to illustrate each item. The expression of emotions found within the illness narrative master plots can be captured using the circumplex model of affect (Russell, 1980). This is presented by the Z-X axis of the MEAH and can be seen in Figure 2.

 

Figure 1. The X-Y Axis

 

Figure 2. The X-Z Axis

 

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