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