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Responding to women’s alcohol problems through adult community learning provision

Lydia Lewis

in Women and alcohol

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2015 | ISBN: 9781447318880
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9781447318903 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447318880.003.0011
Responding to women’s alcohol problems through adult community learning provision

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This chapter reports on a focus group study of adult community learning (ACL) that is targeted for mental health. The study was framed by theories of capitals and capabilities and aimed to explore the means through which ACL impacts mental health and to draw out implications for policy and practice. The chapter begins with a short overview of women’s mental health, focusing on the impact of social context and gendered experiences. The focus of the chapter is on the ways in which mental health ACL with a humanistic and liberatory ethos can provide a range of resources which can help engender agency freedom (Sen, 1999, 2010) for women in the context of social and mental health inequalities. The study resonates with other reports of ACL as an ‘agent of change’ for women and contributes towards a broader body of research on the wider benefits of learning. It also contributes to literature on feminist responses to women’s mental health needs and critical social approaches to mental distress more generally. Implications for policy and provisioning in the areas of mental health and ACL are set out in the conclusion.

Keywords: adult community learning; women; alcohol misuse; mental health

Chapter.  7518 words. 

Subjects: Mental and Behavioural Health

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