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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Social Approaches to Mental Distress

ISBN 9780230545076
Publication Date March 2011
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Practical Social Work Series

This latest title in the BASW series sets out the values, theoretical understandings and research base which underpin a social approach to mental health. Exploring therapeutic approaches and recovery practice, this book offers a practical guide to inform all work related to mental distress.

JERRY TEW is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work at the University of Birmingham. He has substantial previous experience as a social work practitioner specialising in mental health. His publications include Social Theory, Power and Practice (Palgrave, 2002) and Social Perspectives in Mental Health (Jessica Kingsley, 2005).

Values and Working Relationships
Understanding the Experience of Mental Distress
Social Circumstances and Life Events: How Damaging Social Experiences May Contribute to Mental Distress
Power, Agency and Social Capital
Personality Adaptations, Resilience and Vulnerability
Families, Relationships and Social Systems
Social Models of Mental Distress
Early Intervention and Crisis Resolution
Recovery and SocialParticipation
Risk Taking and Safeguarding
Assessment, Action Planning and Self-directed Support
Concluding Comments: Putting Social Theory and Research Into Practice


"Excellent and well written text with a sound theoretical and empirical argument for the relevance of social approaches to mental ill health." - Michael Coffey, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, UK
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