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Title: Public arguments for and against the establishment of community mental health facilities: implications for mental health practice
Authors: Cowan, Sue
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Mental health
Issue Date: Feb-2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Taylor & Francis, available from DOI: 10.1080/096382301200041425
Citation: Cowan, S. 2002. Public arguments for and against the establishment of community mental health facilities: implications for mental health practice. Journal of Mental Health. 11(1): pp:5-15. [Online] Available from: DOI: 10.1080/096382301200041425
Abstract: As the drive towards community care has increased in momentum, organisations involved in the establishment of community mental health facilities have encountered public opposition. It has been argued that this resistance is due to the attitudes held by the public towards people with mental health problems. This paper reports findings from a study of community attitudes towards mentally ill people. Discourse analysis was used to explore people's views about this client group by examining the ways in which they were expressed in letters to the local press and in subsequent discussions and interviews, when arguing for or against a community mental health facility in their community. The findings demonstrate how participants formulate their arguments for and against the location of a new mental health facility in the neighbourhood around particular argumentative topics. Participants deployed a range of argumentative forms and rhetorical devices. The implications of these findings for mental health practice are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/223
ISSN: 0963-8237
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