Research Handbook on Mental Health Policy


Research Handbook on Mental Health Policy

9781800372771 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Christopher G. Hudson, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, Salem State University, US
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80037 277 1 Extent: 326 pp
This Research Handbook is an essential guide to the design and use of research in mental health policy from a global perspective. It focuses on public mental health, as well as quasi-public and private policies in nations with significant private sectors.

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This Research Handbook is an essential guide to the design and use of research in mental health policy from a global perspective. It focuses on public mental health, as well as quasi-public and private policies in nations with significant private sectors.

Expert contributors explore key mental health policies pertinent to psychiatric treatment and care, as well as those concerned with substance abusers and forensic patients. Organised into five parts, the Research Handbook addresses a wide array of mental health questions involving particular interventions and policies, ranging from psychiatric deinstitutionalization to system building, mental health law, and the human rights of mental patients. In addition, it considers the pros and cons of both established and emerging research methodologies, including geographic information systems and predictive analytics, and ways that these can be effectively integrated with policymaking systems, along with their political, economic, and socio-cultural environments.

This authoritative Research Handbook will be a key resource for scholars and students of mental health policy, social policy and welfare states. It will also be beneficial for policymakers and practitioners involved in public and private mental health programs.
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‘One of the most important lessons of six decades of community mental health practice is that a shelf full of evidence-based intervention manuals does you little good without quality mental health policy to put them into action. Yet the empirical study of mental health policy has lagged far behind the study of interventions. This book constitutes a giant step toward closing the gap.

This book has numerous virtues. The international perspective will be a valuable corrective for those whose view of mental health policy is limited to their own nation, which tends to be a particular problem in the United States. Readers will find the specific research topics, dissemination and implementation of services and the sociology of stigma, to be directly applicable to their practice. Perhaps the most important contribution of the book is its grasp of the complex nature of mental health policy research, which takes as its subject a system involving numerous interactions, nonlinearities and feedback loops, while playing out in an arena that affects millions of lives. Professor Hudson is uniquely qualified to grapple with this complexity, having been at the forefront of applying systems science to community mental health for three decades.

Every mental health system should own at least one copy of the Research Handbook on Mental Health Policy, and preferably several.’
– Keith Warren, The Ohio State University, US
Contributors: John R. Belcher, Patrick W. Corrigan, Liron David, Eva Dragomirecká, Mencía R. Gutiérrez-Colosía, Hilla Hadas, Jared M. Hirschfield, Christopher G. Hudson, Emily Ihara, Hugo Kamya, John Karavatas, Carla Kundert, Max Lachman, JoAnn Lee, Sylvia Tessler Lozowick, Jonathan Lukens, Ronald W. Manderscheid, Ondřej Pěč, Shulamit Ramon, David A. Rochefort, Sebastian Rosenberg, Jose A. Salinas-Perez, Luis Salvador-Carulla, Russell K. Schutt, Phyllis Solomon, Jaap van Weeghel, Yvonne Vissing, Amy Ward, Michael Wolf-Branigin, Echo Yuet Wah Yeung, Reginald O. York

Preface xiv
1 Introduction to the Research Handbook on Mental Health Policy 2
Christopher G. Hudson

2 Formulation of mental health policy research problems 15
Christopher G. Hudson
3 Qualitative and exploratory methods in mental health policy research 29
Hugo Kamya
4 Quantitative methods for mental health research 43
Reginald O. York
5 Emerging research methods in mental health 58
Emily Ihara, JoAnn Lee, John Karavatas and Michael Wolf-Branigin

6 Dissemination and implementation of mental health services: the
problem, the response, the new science 73
Russell K. Schutt
7 National, state, and local mental health policy: meeting the needs for
research pluralism and application of knowledge 90
David A. Rochefort and Jared M. Hirschfield
8 A critique of children’s mental health research 112
Yvonne Vissing
9 The sociology of stigma and pathways to care 134
Carla D. Kundert and Patrick W. Corrigan
10 Involuntary civil commitment for persons with mental illness 148
Jonathan Lukens and Phyllis Solomon
11 Deinstitutionalization and the development of community mental health 161
John R. Belcher
12 Psychiatric rehabilitation and continuity of care 172
Eva Dragomirecká, Jaap van Weeghel and Ondřej Pěč

13 Australia. Good intentions – reviewing 30 years of mental health policy reform 190
Sebastian Rosenberg and Luis Salvador-Carulla
14 European Union. Mental health care ecosystems 206
Mencía R. Gutiérrez-Colosía, Jose A. Salinas-Perez and Luis Salvador-Carulla
15 Mental health policy in Israel’s community-based mental health services 223
Liron David, Max Lachman, Hilla Hadas and Sylvia Tessler-Lozowick
16 United Kingdom. An overview of its mental health policies and services 243
Christopher G. Hudson
17 United Kingdom. The place of shared decision making in UK mental
health services 258
Shulamit Ramon and Echo Yuet Wah Yeung
18 United States. The development of integrated mental health policy 272
Ronald W. Manderscheid and Amy Ward

19 Conclusion – key lessons and emerging directions in the integration of
research into mental health policy and practice 287
Christopher G. Hudson

Index 297
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