Spirituality and Psychiatry

1602016Spirituality is a crucial but sometimes overlooked aspect of mental well-being. Explores the nature of spirituality, its relationship to religion, and the reasons for its importance in psychiatric clinical practice. A comprehensive and evidence-based text. Different chapters focus on the key sub-specialities of psychiatry. Contains references to up to date research and a review of the relevant academic literature. Contributors include renowned psychiatrists, four Reverends and a service user.

Th is book exists for two main reasons. First, to fi ll a gap in the current sociology of mental health scholarship. Th is omission was brought to my attention by my postgraduate students; though I was initially very sceptical of their research capabilities, it turned out that they were basically correct. Granted, there are bits and pieces of Marxist analysis out there, but compared with the other mainstream areas of sociological investigation such as education, youth, crime, and the family, the use of the big man’s work to make sense of the continuing power of the mental health system is nearly non-existent. Second, this book off ers a radical challenge to the conservative and theory-free scholarship which is currently infecting my area of sociology. I believe we need to bring critical scholarship back to the heart of the sociology of mental health; we desperately need to have the theoretical as well as the empirical debates.

Spirituality and Psychiatry 1st Edition
Chris Cook (Author, Editor), Andrew Powell (Editor), Andrew Simms (Editor) Publisher: RCPsych Publications; 1 edition (June 2, 2009)

Language: English
ISBN-10: 1904671713
ISBN-13: 978-1904671718

About the Author

Chris Cook (Professorial Research Fellow, Durham University and Consultant Psychiatrist at Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust), Andrew Powell (Former Consultant Psychotherapist at Warneford Hospital, Oxford and Lecturer at the University of Oxford) and Andrew Simms (Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Leeds).

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