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Title: Social class and the use of talking treatments for common mental health problems in Britain
Author: Holman, D. J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2735 7149
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2012
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Common mental health problems - mainly depression and anxiety - are widespread and associated with suffering, yet amenable to treatment. Talking treatments are shown to be overall effective, and I argue in most cases should be used over psychiatric medication given that the latter has greater potential for side and withdrawal effects. Those from the lower social classes have higher rates common mental health problems, yet are more likely to be prescribed medication, and are less likely to use talking treatments than their higher social class counterparts. This thesis explores why this is the case, focussing on individual orientations rather than the mental health care system per se, in line with the whole ethos of talking treatments. As well as considering factors directly related to talking treatments, I explore other factors which may explain social class differentials in the use of mental health services - the stigma surrounding mental health problems and treatments, and alternative ways in which people may cope (,informal emotional coping'). Three data sources are used: British Social Attitudes survey data, survey data I collected myself, and semi-structured interviews. I use Pierre Bourdieu's sociology to interpret the data and find that culturally-rooted dispositions (i.e. habitus) are key to understanding the use of talking treatments.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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