Mental Health Service Users in Research

Critical Sociological Perspectives

Edited by Patsy Staddon

Edited by Patsy Staddon

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447307334 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Mental Health Service Users in Research explores the sociological use of autobiography, examining how our identity shapes the knowledge we produce. The contributors—many of whom are former or current service users—ask why voices that challenge contemporary beliefs about health and the role of treatment are often silenced, arguing that the imbalance of power and opportunity for service users and the stigmatizing nature of services are human rights issues. Stressing the importance of research approaches that involve mutual respect and understanding, they touch on topics ranging from LGBT issues to racial tensions to the stigma of alcoholism.
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.”
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.”

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


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