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The Language of Mental Health

Examining Mental Health through Social Constructionism

The Language of Mental Health

Authors: O'Reilly, Michelle, Lester, Jessica Nina

  • Offers cutting-edge theoretical and empirical analysis research from the new Palgrave Language of Mental Health seriesOutlines a variety of language-based methodologies for studying mental healthProvides practical strategies by reviewing the application of social constructionist research in therapeutic practice and child mental health

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About this book

This book explores social constructionism and the language of mental distress. Mental health research has traditionally been dominated by genetic and biomedical explanations that provide only partial explanations. However, process research that utilises qualitative methods has grown in popularity. Situated within this new strand of research, the authors examine and critically assess some of the different contributions that social constructionism has made to the study of mental distress and to how those diagnosed are conceptualized and labeled. This will be an invaluable introduction and source of practical strategies for academics, researchers and students as well as clinical practitioners, mental health professionals, and others working with mental health such as educationalists and social workers.


About the authors

Dr Michelle O'Reilly is a Senior Lecturer for the Greenwood Institute of Child Health at the University of Leicester, and Research Consultant for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. 

Dr Jessica Nina Lester is an Associate Professor of Inquiry Methodology in the School of Education at Indiana University, USA. 


Reviews

“The metaphor of “mental illness” is so commonly used that it is now an accepted reality, subject to measurement and medication. In this enormously valuable book Michelle O’Reilly and Jessica Lester take us back to ground zero: there is no mental illness until we construct each other in these terms. And this makes a big difference to society – especially to those who are defined as such, by themselves and others. The gains and losses are huge in terms of anguish, prejudice, power, and money! The present work provides a thoughtful and carefully detailed look at the social construction of mental illness as it has emerged in the last century, and is currently affecting our lives. This is essential reading for mental health professionals, as well as for policy makers and the informed public.” (Professor  Kenneth J. Gergen, Swarthmore College and author of An Invitation to Social Construction)

“This is an extremely relevant and welcome text. It highlights some very important issues within the field of mental health including the place and status of different kinds of evidence that inform practice, and the way that mental health and illness are conceptualised. The focus on language use and discursive approaches is particularly inspiring, and I believe it will be of immense value for mental health practitioners and researchers alike.” (Dr Nikki Kiyimba, University of Chester and author of Doing Mental Health Research with Children and Adolescents)

“Talking such a fundamental aspect of life that we tend to ignore its value in our interactions with others, including those in clinical settings, such as mental health. It is refreshing to see a book looking at the value of talk in health and the research, which surrounds these processes. This book examines many of the concepts surrounding mental health from a social constructionist perspective, and enables the reader to challenge their own ideas about mental health.” (Dr Khalid Karim, University of Leicester, author of A Practical Guide to Mental Health Problems in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • The Critical Turn to Language in the Field of Mental Health

    O’Reilly, Michelle (et al.)

    Pages 1-29

  • History of Mental Health and Mental Illness

    O’Reilly, Michelle (et al.)

    Pages 31-51

  • Classification Systems and Diagnostic Processes

    O’Reilly, Michelle (et al.)

    Pages 53-73

  • Critical Perspectives in Psychiatry: Anti- and Critical Psychiatry

    O’Reilly, Michelle (et al.)

    Pages 75-105

  • Models of Disability and the Translation to Psychiatric Categories

    O’Reilly, Michelle (et al.)

    Pages 107-136

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-60095-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-60094-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Examining Mental Health through Social Constructionism
Book Subtitle
The Language of Mental Health
Authors
Series Title
The Language of Mental Health
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-60095-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-60095-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-60094-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 366
Topics