International Perspectives on Mental Health: Critical issues across the lifespan by Barbara FawcettInternational Perspectives on Mental Health: Critical issues across the lifespan by Barbara Fawcett

International Perspectives on Mental Health: Critical issues across the lifespan

byBarbara Fawcett, Zita Weber, Sheila Wilson

Paperback | November 22, 2011

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Mental distress is not exclusive to any particular group but touches the lives of people in all societies and walks of life; one in four of us will be affected by it in our lifetime. Yet the field of mental health is complex - fraught with differences in understanding and experience, variations in service provision, political agendas and professional discourses.

This wide-ranging book explores a range of themes in the development of mental health policy and practice, in order to promote critical reflection and enhance understanding. Drawing on an international evidence base, it explores the historical, legal and socio-cultural dimensions of mental health, including:
  •  Anti-discriminatory practice and the ethical tensions posed by legislation, particularly in relation to safeguarding and human rights
  • Trends and concerns in the field of child and adolescent mental health
  • The gender, ethnicity and age-related dimensions of mental ill-health
  • The challenges posed by dual diagnosis and faced by families and carers. 

International Perspectives on Mental Health offers a multi-dimensional view of mental health and wellbeing, with the aim of opening up debate and inviting a more holistic conception of the field. It is required reading for students of mental health on professional and academic courses, as well as for practitioners in the health and social care field.
BARBARA FAWCETT Professor of Social Work and Policy Studies in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research interests focus on disability, mental health, women and violence, participative action research and postmodern feminism.ZITA WEBER Honorary Lecturer at the University of Sydney whe...
Title:International Perspectives on Mental Health: Critical issues across the lifespanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.47 inPublished:November 22, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Higher EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023022248X

ISBN - 13:9780230222489

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Table of Contents

PART I: MENTAL HEALTH: AN OVERVIEW.- Historical Moments in Mental Health: From Straitjackets to Streets.- Constructions of Mental Illness: From the Past Towards the Future.- Legal and Ethical Dilemmas in Mental Health.- PART II: MENTAL HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN.- Children's Matters.- Trying Times for Adolescents: Fight, Flight and Compliance.- Adults: The Terrain of Mental Ill Health.- Older Men and Women: Turning around the Stereotypes.- PART III: MENTAL HEALTH VISTAS AND LANDSCAPES.- The Case of Dual Diagnosis in Mental Health.- The Upside.- Down of 'Caring': Familiesand Mental Health.- Anti-Discriminatory Practice: Considerations for Professionals.- Concluding Remarks.