Journal Article

Understanding Change in Community Mental Health Practices through Critical Discourse Analysis

Michael A. Mancini

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 41, issue 4, pages 645-667
Published in print June 2011 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online May 2011 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcr067
Understanding Change in Community Mental Health Practices through Critical Discourse Analysis

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Scholarship in the community mental health field has sought to understand the process of recovery from serious mental illness. Emphasis has been placed on the development and implementation of interventions designed to achieve concrete, professionally derived outcomes. Less emphasis has been placed on understanding how practitioners learn to implement evidence-based recovery-oriented practices over time and the tools that they use to develop such understandings. Because understanding learning and change are questions of both research and practice, it is important to develop tools suited for both. In this article, I make the case for using critical discourse analysis within a participatory action research framework—a merger that is analytically and theoretically salient and offers insights for practice in the field of community mental health.

Keywords: Community mental health; critical discourse analysis; evidence-based practice; participatory action research

Journal Article.  8105 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Work

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