Community Psychology and the Socio-economics of Mental Distress: International Perspectives

Community Psychology and the Socio-economics of Mental Distress: International Perspectives

By: Katherine Johnson (editor), Liz Cunningham (editor), Carl Walker (editor)Hardback

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Community psychology is a fast-developing discipline and is one of the most exciting areas of psychology. But how do different countries around the world respond to their own unique socio-economic challenges and can community psychology provide the much-needed solutions? Taking a uniquely global perspective to mental distress, this textbook provides a refreshing account of this dynamic field. Written by an international team of experts with the needs of students in mind, it is an essential guide to both mental distress and the global political context in which psychologists operate around the world, in this time of profound global socio-economic upheaval. Complete with up to date case studies from around the globe, students of community psychology, mental health, sociology and social policy will find this a fascinating guide to the growing area of community psychology.

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Carl Walker is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Brighton, UK. His research interests in recent years include social inequality, identity and mental distress, cultural representations of mental health and experiences of employment. Katherine Johnson is Principal Lecturer in Psychology and Director of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Brighton, UK. Her research connects social, critical and community psychology perspectives with interdisciplinary gender and queer studies. Liz Cunningham is Senior Lecturer in Community Research and Practice at the University of Brighton, UK. In recent years, her key research interests have been the development of culturally appropriate psychology; the use of participatory action research (PAR); social and community development, and oral history methods.


Introduction: Community Psychology and the Socio-economics of Mental Distress: International Perspectives; C.Walker, K.Johnson, and L.Cunningham PART I: SOCIO-ECONOMICS AND MENTAL DISTRESS Introduction; C.Walker Seroxat: the Corruption of Pharmacological Corporations, Health Care Professionals, Politicians and Academics; P.Duckett Gambling: Government and Industry Promotion of a Dangerous Form of Consumption; J.Orford Neoliberal Ideology and Personal Debt in the UK; C.Walker The Operation of a Suicidal Cohort and its Socio-economic Origins; C.Curtis and B.Curtis Mental Health and Community Psychology in India; S.Bhatia PART II: PSYCHOLOGY, IDEOLOGY AND MODES OF INTERVENTIONS Introduction; K.Johnson Social Integration, Violence and Mental Health in Columbia; C.Quenza Supporting Global Mental Health: Critical Community Psychology as a Potential Panacea?; R.Burgess Developing a Cambodian Psychology; L.Cunningham, N.Hema, S.Sovandara, K.Sareth, P.Peou, K.Hourn and S.Hour Communities and Professional Identities: South African Women Students' Accounts of Applied Psychology Training; J.Callaghan Community Psychology as a Globalised Commodity? A South African Perspective; R.Carolissen PART III: INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL CHANGE PROJECTS Introduction; L.Cunningham Charting a Path From Data to Action: A Culturally Sensitive Intervention for Adolescent Self-Harm in Sri Lanka; J.Marecek Housing for People with Lived Experience of Mental Health Issues: Housing First as a Strategy to Improve Quality of Life; G.Nelson, P.Goering and S.Tsemberis Developing a Tenant Organisation as a Resource in Supported Housing; B.Kloos, K.Scrimenti, N.Masson, S.Zimmerman, B.Davis, and D.Snow The Clubhouse Model and Community Psychology; S.Phillips Liberation of the Social Consciousness through Alternative Learning and Action Research: Work in Progress with the Aytas of the Philippines; E.Estacio and D.Marks Art, Social Action and Social Change; M.Murray Conclusion Global Mental Health, Cultural Specificity and the Risk of Neo-colonialism: Challenges for Critical Community Psychology; K.Johnson

Product Details

  • publication date: 22/05/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780230275409
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780230275409
  • weight: 608
  • ISBN10: 0230275400

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