Key Concepts in Mental Health

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Overview

Mental Health is a highly contentious concept and an area of study which is often bewildering to new students and trainee practitioners. In this context, Key Concepts in Mental Health provides a much needed guide to the central topics and debates which shape contemporary views about mental health and illness and which govern the provision of services for people with mental health problems.

The fifty concepts featured in this book are examined through a multidisciplinary lens, drawing together perspectives from sociology, psychology, psychiatry and ethics. Part One examines the contested nature of mental health and mental health problems and includes traditional psychiatric descriptions, as well as rehearsed criticisms of them. Part Two focuses on mental health services, the ways in which mental health work is organized and the professional interests involved in service delivery. Part Three addresses a range of topics related to mental health and society, and places mental health within its social context.

Key Concepts in Mental Health is an ideal text for those studying mental health in a range of disciplines as well as those training to work in mental health settings. The entries provide both clear descriptions and critical reflection on key issues relating to mental health. Each concept is fully cross-referenced to other related terms and is accompanied by suggestions for further reading.

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Editorial Reviews

Dave Mason

‘A gem of a book. It is very useful as an introductory text, a quick reference for busy students (and lecturers!) and those wishing to study in more detail.’

Dr Paul Taylor

This third edition eloquently expands the critical conversations in mental health scholarship in an accessible yet sophisticated way. It will provide readers with a thorough grounding in the traditional aspects of the discipline and contemporary developments.

Tony Barlow

This is the best book I have read in some time. Pilgrim does not put mental health in a nutshell and should be commended on his approach.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412907774
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: SAGE Key Concepts Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Pilgrim is Professor of Health and Social Policy, Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool, UK.

After training and working as a clinical psychologist he completed a PhD examining psychotherapy in the organisational setting of the British NHS. He then went on the complete a Master’s in sociology. He has worked at the boundary between clinical psychology and medical sociology for the past twenty years and has produced over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals, based upon his research into mental health policy and practice. His years working in the British NHS provided him with extensive everyday experience of the theoretical and policy aspects of mental health expressed in practical settings. One his books, A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness (3rd edition, Open University Press, 2005), co-authored with Anne Rogers, won the British Medical Association’s medical book of the year award for 2006. Currently he is writing a book on critical realism and mental health (Routledge, 2014) and is co-editing (with John Hall) a book on the history of British clinical psychology for the British Psychological Society. This will commemorate the fiftieth anniversary in 2015 of the establishment in the latter of the Division of Clinical Psychology.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: Mental Health and Mental Health Problems PART TWO: Mental Health Services PART THREE: Mental Health and Society

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