Trusting on the Edge

Managing Uncertainty and Vulnerability in the Midst of Serious Mental Health Problems

Patrick Brown and Michael Calnan

Patrick Brown and Michael Calnan

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

144 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2012
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781847428899 Published June 2012 For sale in North and South America only
A basic component of many social interactions, trust is especially vital within the context of severe mental illness. The heightened uncertainty and vulnerability of psychosis provides researchers a crucible within which to examine a number of questions central to contemporary theoretical debates around the nature of trust. Empirically analyzing how trust between users and providers of mental health services develops or falters, Patrick Brown and Michael Calnan ground these abstract concerns in concrete reality and shed new light on how best to assist this vulnerable population.
Introduction: Risk and trust in late-modern society

1. Investigating trust: some theoretical and methodological underpinnings
2. Constructing knowledge through social interactions: the role of interpersonal trust in negotiating negative institutional conceptions
3. Bridging uncertainty by constructing trust: the rationality of irrational approaches
4. Vulnerability and the 'will to trust'
5. The difficulties of trust-work within a paradigm of risk
6. Trusting on the edge: implications for policy

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