Mental Health Service Users in Research: Critical Sociological Perspectives (Paperback)
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Mental Health Service Users in Research: Critical Sociological Perspectives (Paperback)

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Paperback 200 Pages / Published: 14/01/2015
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This book aims to show the value but also the difficulties encountered in the application of 'insider knowledge' in service user research. Mental health service users in research considers ways of 'doing research' which bring multiple understandings together effectively, and explains the sociological use of autobiography and its relevance. It examines how our identity shapes the knowledge we produce, and asks why voices which challenge contemporary beliefs about health and the role of treatment are often silenced. An imbalance of power and opportunity for service users, and the stigmatising nature of services, are considered as human rights issues.Most of the contributors to the book are service users/survivors as well as academics. Their fields of expertise include LGB issues, racial tensions, and recovering from the shame and stigma of alcoholism. They stress the importance of research approaches which involve mutualities of respect and understanding within the worlds of researcher, clinician and service user/survivor.

Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 9781447307341
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The most sparkling aspect of this edition assembled by Staddon is its turn away from psychiatry towards sociology." Disability & Society
"A testament to how far the survivor movement has come in the long struggle to get the experiences of mental health services users taken seriously in the production of knowledge." Journal of Social Policy
"A thought-provoking and insightful text." Social Research Association
"A useful reference book for health care professionals in pre- and post-qualification training, and for all those interested in service user research." Dr Paul Godin
"Draws on the experiences of key contributors to this area and provides a comprehensive and accessible discussion of the challenges and tensions within mental health research." Journal of Social Policy

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