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Approaches to Treatment

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Gender and Mental Health


Views on how to ‘treat’ people with mental disorders vary according to the position taken, by the proponents of these views, on what constitutes mental disorder. Those who view it as a medical problem will base their discussions on existing health care provision. Those who view it as a socio-economic problem will look for ways of changing social situations so that they provide more support and less stress for the individuals concerned. Others, of course, view the situation from a completely different perspective, one that is interested only in the negative effects on society caused by individuals who display antisocial conduct as a result of mental disturbance. For the latter group, the discussion will revolve around the issue of public safety and the need for surveillance and protective custody for people with mental disorders. Our discussion will incorporate these different perspectives, starting from the viewpoint of those who accept a health care perspective as an appropriate response to most forms of mental disorder.

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Jo Campling

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© 1999 Pauline M. Prior

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Prior, P.M. (1999). Approaches to Treatment. In: Campling, J. (eds) Gender and Mental Health. Palgrave, London.

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