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Policy implications of a psychological model of mental disorder

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2008
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Mental Health
Issue number1
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)93-103
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Background: Mental health care in the United Kingdom is rapidly changing, but many commentators, particularly sociologists and psychologists, view systems as remaining wedded to a medical model and not “fit for purpose”. If services are to improve, the way that mental health problems are understood by the services providing care needs to change radically.

Aims: To illustrate how a psychological model of mental disorder – the “mediating psychological processes model”– could assist mental health service policy development and implementation.

Method: A review of selected literature and policy documents was conducted.

Results: A “manifesto” for mental health service policy is presented, based on psychological principles.

Conclusions: Psychological models, at least in addition to medical approaches, could better inform policy and service design.