Interactional use of compliments in mental health rehabilitation

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies en
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Tampere University en
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts en
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Tampere University en
dc.contributor.author Weiste, Elina
dc.contributor.author Lindholm, Camilla
dc.contributor.author Valkeapää, Taina
dc.contributor.author Stevanovic, Melisa
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-04T11:23:02Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-04T11:23:02Z
dc.date.issued 2021-05
dc.identifier.citation Weiste , E , Lindholm , C , Valkeapää , T & Stevanovic , M 2021 , ' Interactional use of compliments in mental health rehabilitation ' , Journal of Pragmatics , vol. 177 , pp. 224-236 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2021.02.019 en
dc.identifier.issn 0378-2166
dc.identifier.other PURE: 161496827
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dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85103124237
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0001-9220-5414/work/93300838
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-0429-1672/work/93301367
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-6879-6004/work/93301884
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000652551100016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/329620
dc.description.abstract Complimenting is a valuable skill in mental health care. Today, several clinical models view positive reinforcement as beneficial for the client's process of change; however, they ignore the ambiguous nature of complimenting in social interaction. Drawing on a data set of 29 video-recorded mental health rehabilitation group meetings, and using conversation analysis as the method, we qualitatively analyzed the range of purposes served by positive assessments doing complimenting. Our results showed that compliments were used for 1) encouraging members to participate in the community, 2) increasing the pressure on members to respond, 3) closing down topics that were not relevant for discussion at that moment, and 4) generating exclusion and preparing a member for a negative decision. Our findings demonstrate that not all compliments serve straightforwardly positive interactional goals, as they are used for advancing mental-health professionals' own agendas. Moreover, due to the positive nature of the compliments per se, it is difficult for compliment recipients to resist the functions that compliments are designed to serve. The study contributes to a more nuanced understanding of what might constitute genuinely positive reinforcement in the continually changing context of moment-by-moment social interaction. fi
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Pragmatics
dc.rights en
dc.subject 5141 Sociology en
dc.subject keskustelunanalyyysi en
dc.subject vuorovaikutus en
dc.subject Compliment en
dc.subject Conversation analysis en
dc.subject Group interaction en
dc.subject Mental health en
dc.subject Positive assessment en
dc.subject Professional interaction en
dc.title Interactional use of compliments in mental health rehabilitation en
dc.type Article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2021.02.019
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