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dc.contributor.authorKarban, Kate
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-05T14:32:16Z
dc.date.available2016-08-05T14:32:16Z
dc.date.issued2017-04
dc.identifier.citationKarban K (2017) Developing a health inequalities approach for mental health social work. The British Journal of Social Work.47(3): 885-992.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/8750
dc.descriptionYesen_US
dc.description.abstractDespite increasing evidence of the impact of health inequalities on mental health (Pickett and Wilkinson, 2015) there is only limited recognition of the potential role for mental health social work in addressing ‘upstream’ as well as ‘downstream’ challenges of poverty, disadvantage and oppression affecting many people experiencing mental health difficulties. This paper presents some of the current evidence concerning mental health inequalities and the opportunities for mental health social workers to promote wellbeing. A theme throughout the paper is the need to avoid the many examples of dichotomous thinking that frequently characterise thinking about mental health and mental health practice. Additionally the limitations of an individualised recovery discourse are acknowledged. Drawing on Krieger’s (2011) ecosocial model, the social determinants of mental health are considered and the concept of embodiment is examined for its contribution to a more nuanced understanding of the relationship between inequality and health. Finally, the paper offers a version of mental health social work that ‘faces both ways’, involving issues at both the individual and the wider societal level. This includes developing and extending partnerships with service users and carers and with other professional and agencies.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttp://dx.doi.org/ 10.1093/bjsw/bcw098
dc.rights© The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.subjectMental health; Social work; Health inequalitiesen_US
dc.titleDeveloping a health inequalities approach for mental health social worken_US
dc.status.refereedYesen_US
dc.date.Accepted2016-06-18
dc.date.application2016-08-20
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.type.versionfinal draft paperen_US
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-22T08:50:34Z


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