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Mental health service users in researchCritical sociological perspectives$
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Patsy Staddon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307334

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307334.001.0001

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

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

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Mental health service users in research

Patsy Staddon

Policy Press

The view of certain illnesses as misbehaviour (Chesler, 1972) is exemplified in the condition often called ‘alcoholism’. This view, often expressed in alcohol treatment, may make recovery difficult, since alcohol users and their friends and families thus suffer additional pain, guilt and stigma (Angove and Fothergill, 2003). Social models of disability (Oliver, 1986), and of mental health (Beresford, 2002), encourage a change in the ways that these conditions are understood. These conditions are seen to be consequences, at least in part, of unfavourable and limiting social expectations which affect accessibility and social justice. Here the difficulties and the advantages to service users and to health service providers is explored in adopting this model in respect of alcohol use.

Keywords:   social justice, ‘alcoholism’, Disapproval, powerlessness

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