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Emotion in crisis: Primary and secondary mental health contexts

Morton, JW 2010, 'Emotion in crisis: Primary and secondary mental health contexts' , Journal of Social Work Practice, 24 (4) , pp. 461-474.

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    The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between emotion and the experience of a mental health crisis, in particular how this relationship is understood in crisis resolution services and formal mental health (primary and secondary) services more broadly. The paper presents some findings from a small scale study of a Crisis Resolution/Home Treatment Team (CRT/HT) in the North West of England. The specific findings discussed relate to: (i) the nature of the crises people presented with; (ii) diagnostic category; and (iii) staff perceptions of what they felt had most helped individuals. The analysis of emotion is developed from these findings in this crisis service where practitioners seemed to implicitly understand crisis and emotion relationships even though these were seldom articulated or acknowledged in the practices and procedures intended to assist people in crisis. The paper goes on to develop an analysis of these findings in the context of current service provision and offers a conceptual exploration of the limitations which may be found in the acknowledgement of the relationships between emotion and crisis. The paper suggests that emotional context for an individual is considered differently depending on which parts of the formal mental health services are accessed.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: crisis; emotion; mental health services
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social Work Practice
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0265-0533
    Depositing User: JW Morton
    Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2010 11:16
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:44

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