Policy implications of a psychological model of mental disorder

Kinderman, Peter and Sellwood, William and Tai, Sara (2008) Policy implications of a psychological model of mental disorder. Journal of Mental Health, 17 (1). pp. 93-103. ISSN 0963-8237

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Background: Mental health care in the United Kingdom is rapidly changing, but many commentators, particularly sociologists and psychologists, view systems as remaining wedded to a medical model and not “fit for purpose”. If services are to improve, the way that mental health problems are understood by the services providing care needs to change radically. Aims: To illustrate how a psychological model of mental disorder – the “mediating psychological processes model”– could assist mental health service policy development and implementation. Method: A review of selected literature and policy documents was conducted. Results: A “manifesto” for mental health service policy is presented, based on psychological principles. Conclusions: Psychological models, at least in addition to medical approaches, could better inform policy and service design.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Mental Health
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2738
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 72042
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 04 Dec 2014 14:39
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 09:04
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/72042

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