Problem formulation in mental health residential treatment: a single case analysis

Pino, Marco and Mortari, Luigina (2012) Problem formulation in mental health residential treatment: a single case analysis. Ricerche di Pedagogia e Didattica – Journal of Theories and Research in Education, 7 (1). pp. 73-96. ISSN 1970-2221

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This paper investigates an episode of interaction in a mental health residential centre in Italy, where a resident and a staff member manage a relational problem. The episode leads to an apparently paradoxical outcome: in spite of the fact that the resident has sought the staff members’ cooperation to make sense of the relational problem, she ends up being blamed for that problem. Adopting the approach of conversation analysis, the paper shows that this outcome is the result of the transition

from a relational view, to a one-sided view of the problem. The practices employed to accomplish this transition reflect a set of contrasting concerns and goals, which the participants bring to bear on the interaction. Reflection about these aspects

can sensitize the public to some of the intricacies and challenges entailed in the delivery of mental health residential treatment.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Therapeutic Communities, Conversation Analysis, mental health
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Pino, Dr Marco
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2014 12:12
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 07:36

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