By Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim
A former BMA clinical e-book of the 12 months award winner, this e-book presents a sociological research of significant parts of psychological health and wellbeing and illness.
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Longitudinal research has suggested that the presence of secure and absence of an anxious or avoidant (trying not to get attached) attachment style acts as a form of protection (resilience), and enables middleaged men to overcome the disadvantage of a lower level of educational attainment and career progression. Traditionally, inequalities in both physical and mental health have been explained with reference to four main factors, which have their origins in the Black Report (DHSS 1980). • • • Artefact explanations suggest that inequalities are an artefact of the way in which official statistics have been collated (Illsley 1986).
In response to this proliferation of diagnostic categories and the medicalization of everyday suffering Horwitz (2002) argues that only symptoms that reflect psychological dysfunctions, considered to be universally inappropriate, should warrant being labelled as true mental diseases. The advantage of this approach is that it is an attempt to overcome the void left by the relativistic nihilism characteristic of some post-modernist approaches to the conceptualization of mental health problems. e.
In an open letter to the APA it argued that ‘it is time for psychiatry and psychology collaboratively to explore the possibility of developing an alternative approach to the conceptualization of emotional distress’ (Society of Humanistic Psychologists 2011). The letter drew upon the hostile response issued by the British Psychological Society: The putative diagnoses presented in DSM-V are clearly based largely on social norms, with ‘symptoms’ that all rely on subjective judgments, with little confirmatory physical ‘signs’ or evidence of biological causation.
A sociology of mental health and illness by Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim