Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447307341 Published March 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447307334 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only

Mental Health Service Users in Research

Critical Sociological Perspectives

Edited by Patsy Staddon

Mental Health Service Users in Research

Edited by Patsy Staddon

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9781447307341 Published March 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447307334 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only
This collection of essays discusses the value of mental health service users contributing their personal experiences to research in the field and the difficulties they face in doing so. Exploring the importance of autobiography, the contributors examine how our identity shapes the knowledge we produce and ask why voices that challenge beliefs about health and treatment are often silenced. They also consider the imbalance of power and opportunity for service users, as well as the stigmatizing nature of these services, as human rights issues. Ultimately, the essays here stress the importance of research approaches that involve mutual understanding among researchers, clinicians, and service users.

Notes on contributors

Preface and acknowledgements

1 Sociology and survivor research: an introduction

      Angela Sweeney

2 Mental health service users’ experiences and epistemological fallacy

      Hugh Middleton

3 Doing good career-led research: reflecting on ‘Past Caring’ methodology

      Wendy Rickard and Rachel Purtell

4 Theorising service user involvement from a researcher perspective

      Katherine C. Pollard and David Evans

5 How does who we are shape the knowledge we produce? Doing collaborative research about personality disorders

      Steve Gillard, Kati Turner and Marion Neffgen

6 Where do service users’ knowledges sit in relation to professional and academic understandings of knowledge?

      Peter Beresford and Kathy Boxall

7 Recognition politics as a human rights perspective on service users’ experiences of involvement in mental health services

      Lydia Lewis

8 Theorising a social model of ‘alcoholism’: service users who misbehave

      Patsy Staddon

9 “Hard to reach”? Racialised groups and mental health service user involvement

      Jayasree Kalathil

10 Individual narratives and collective knowledge: capturing lesbian, gay and bisexual service user experiences

      Sarah Carr

11 Alternative futures for service user involvement in research

      Hugh McLaughlin

12 Brief reflections

      Patsy Staddon

Appendix: Details of the seminar series

      Lydia Lewis


Review Quotes
Jasna Russo, Centre for Citizen Participation, Brunel University, London, UK | Disability & Society
“For myself, as a survivor researcher, the most sparkling aspect of this edition assembled by Staddon is its turn away from psychiatry towards sociology. Less cheering but no less important is the plain insight into the unidealised picture of service user involvement in research that this collection provides. . . . Highly diverse.”
Journal of Social Policy
“A testament to how far the survivor movement has come in the long struggle to get the experiences of mental health services users taken seriously in the production of knowledge. . . . This book draws on the experiences of key contributors to this area and provides a comprehensive and accessible discussion of the challenges and tensions within mental health research.”
Social Research Association
“A thought-provoking and insightful text.”
Paul Godin
“A useful reference book for health care professionals in pre and post qualification training, and for all those interested in service user research.”
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