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Advance Directives in Mental Health


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Acknowledgements. 1 Introduction: Why have advance directives in mental health? Part I The context of advance directives in mental health. 2 Influences on the development of advance directives in mental health. 3 Mental health legislation. 4 Models of advance directives: the history of an idea. 5 Advance directives and the law. Part II Ideological issues in advance directives. 6 Autonomy and advance directives. 7 Personhood and advance directives in mental health. 8 Rationality, decision-making and advance directives. 9 Responsibility and its consequences. Part III Advance directives in practice.10 Advance directives and the research process. 11 Making and implementing advance directives in mental health 12 The experience of advance directives in clinical practice. 13 Attitudes to advance directives. 14 Other approaches to individual future planning. 15 Conclusion: The way forward: The appeal of advance directives. References. Useful web sites. Glossary. Subject index. Author index.

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This key reference for mental health professionals provides an essential overview of the theory, practice and ethics of advance directives

About the Author

Jacqueline Atkinson holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hull and is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. She has been researching advance directives for about five years and mental health law for over ten. She has extensive experience of working in a number of professional bodies and university committees and spends her free time promoting understanding of mental health issues.


`Advance Directives in Mental Health is a timely contribution to a rapidly evolving aspect of social change that the author has been able to extensively research.Well Written and readable, this academic text is well researched and will be of interest to social work students and researchers. As a reference text, it offers invaluable advice and assistance to social workers - and of course other professionals. As a `self help manual; I would commend it to people suffering from a serious mental illness, as well as their families and carers.'

-- Professional Social Work
`Advance statements, advance directives, psychiatric wills, advance decisions, advance agreements... There is a bewildering array of terms currently in circulation to describe ways in which people who use mental health services can plan for the future and have a measure of control over what happens to them when they are in distress. In this book Jacqueline Atkinson provides a very clear and comprehensive guide to these terms, what they mean in practice, and the legal, ethical and medical issues that they involve in relation to mental health.' -- Mental Health Today
` This is a well-written book which provides thorough analysis of advance directives within mental health practice in England. After reading this, you should be in a better position to understand the pressures facing these parents and the mental health practitioners working with them'. -- Cafcass, within Channel C staff publication
`A book which covers a range of issues relating to advance directives, providing an overview of their use, and designed to act as a reference work for professionals and families.' -- Current Awareness Service (CAS)
There are many take home messages in this book, and issues are explored with a clear sighted view of both the conceptual and practical problems involved in advance directives. Advance Directives in Mental Health offers a useful overview of an important area of mental health care and is a valuable reference for clinicians, students, laywers and those who work with service users and their families and carers. \It is clearly written and well referenced, with the bibliography providing a rich source of original material.' -- Metapsychology Online Reviews
It is exceedingly rich in content with a great deal of interesting and relevant information. -- Scolag Legal Journal
This is an important book, filling a significant gap in the literature and offering impressive coverage of both theoretical and practical concerns. -- Ethics and Social Welfare

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