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Paradoxes of Personal Responsibility in Mental Health Care


Lakeman, R, Paradoxes of Personal Responsibility in Mental Health Care, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37, (12) pp. 929-933. ISSN 0161-2840 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/01612840.2016.1235637


Personal responsibility is widely considered important in mental health recovery as well as in popular models of alcohol and drug treatment. Neo-liberal socio-political rhetoric around consumerism in health care often assumes that people are informed and responsible for their own choices and behaviour. In the mental health care context and especially in emergency or crisis settings, personal responsibility often raises particular paradoxes. People often present whose behaviour does not conform to the ideals of the responsible consumer; they may seek and/or be granted absolution from irresponsible behaviour. This paradox is explored and clinicians are urged to consider the context-bound nature of personal responsibility and how attributions of personal responsibility may conflict with policy and their own professional responsibilities to intervene to protect others.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Lakeman, R (Dr Richard Lakeman)
ID Code:114727
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2017-02-24
Last Modified:2017-10-23

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