Based on physical characteristics alone assumptions can easily be made and attributes ascribed erroneously. A qualified social worker, he has held senior posts in mental health and specifically with the African Caribbean community. The main strenght of this read is that it is reflective of the current British patient cohort and as a result provides up-to-date practical knowledge to delivering and achieving to race equality. He resigned and spent his days at home. The ascribing stereotypes based on race is not something that is only done by white people.
Its mix of essays and poetry intersperses the personal and the political. Crawford, Nobles and Leary 2003; Davis 2007. Thank you for creating so much from so little. The themes in this book are relevant to all people who are from a black or minority ethnic background. He was involved in Black and minority ethnic work on the National Service Framework for Mental Health and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care. A referral indicates that someone feels that something needs to be done about a problem.
The features of an assessment that is comprehensive and underpinned by a critical approach were discussed in Chapter 3. It is often not until errors occur that the scale of skills and knowledge gaps becomes apparent. This broad sweep of people with heritages in the second largest continent and a raft of islands are united singularly in the fact that they are perceived as belonging to the same race rather than ethnic or cultural group. These include the variability of presentations and treatment and response to treatments, and also the often episodic nature of mental health problems. They may be aware that they dislike a particular ethnic group but try to keep this separate from any relationship required as part of the job. Service models are also given attention and these too are the subject of research.
This is a book for practitioners — essentially a self-training book but also one that could be used as a source of knowledge in a complex and controversial field. It is evident from the Singh et al. Without the application of detailed thought and analysis, the data and information does not convey the role of services in contributing to patterns. Certain themes run through studies that look at mixed heritage: · complexities in identity development · parental ambivalence about ethnic identity · family conflict perhaps suppressed · dislocation within society · overlooked identity. This text offers pragmatic ways to uncover the assumptions which can cloud professional judgement and impede the ability to relate to people as individuals. Though this did not stop his fun-loving lifestyle his friends reported that his drink consumption had increased and his behaviour was uncharacteristically aggressive. It is possible to promote positive risk-taking but individual practitioners are often only willing to do so where the organisation is clear in its policy and behaviours that this approach is welcomed and that workers will not be left exposed if something does go wrong Department of Health 2007a; Langan and Lindow 2004.
This line of analysis leads to strong reactions and is perhaps the most polarising of arguments. Emphasis is given to race and racism in this chapter because the patterns that affect people of African and African Caribbean heritage have a consistent impact that is regardless of massive variations in the culture, ethnicity or language of people so described. Ade assessed that Harry was content to deal with race but not with racism. Rather than simply laying blame for failings, the contributors discuss the issues of causation in a thoughtful and provocative way. This particular issue creates an unspoken fault line in the mental health workforce.
The tables and illustrations help to focus effectively on the main aspects of what the author is trying to convey. This would perhaps be more honest as it would apply social analysis to social ills as opposed to the use of a term that implies a scientific coherence where there is none. This establishes and reinforces cultural norms. Existing records may be several inches thick or just a few pages. The handling of these matters is improved where workers not only gather information, such as a history of being looked after or adopted, but where they consider the implications. Buying eBooks from abroad For tax law reasons we can sell eBooks just within Germany and Switzerland. Her feelings of shame about her life in her 20s were mixed with outrage at the way she was treated by men who she felt took advantage of her.
It had been a common argument that cultural misunderstanding leads to misdiagnoses but this is used less frequently as an explanation. Hopelessness in workers is detected and is highlighted as a major problem by users of mental health services Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 2004. In Western societies and in urban areas in particular, however, there are many variations to perceived races and ethnicities. This is a legitimate area of professional curiosity, or in other words, part of the assessment. This was partly as a result of the limits placed upon them in relation to meeting the needs of service users in a way that is consistent with their professional values. This is particularly the case where there is prior knowledge of disparities based on race but no action has been taken to mitigate these risks. Ethnicity therefore can be fluid and is based largely on self-definition.
Practitioners in mental health will find that they are accused of being reductionist or stereotypical if they seek to define cultures as if they are fixed and suited to cataloguing. He wanted to ensure that Paulette was not discriminated against in his own practice. A quarter of patients felt that staff whose job it is to specifically listen and support them did not do this. He directly addresses key questions such as 'When is it safe for workers to talk about things that are stereotypes and taboos? There are many potential stressors in the lives of people of mixed heritage. The consequence is that thoughts, feelings and beliefs that remain unexplored emerge in subversive ways Cooper et al.