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Introduction
Introduction
About this book

Each chapter in this book presents a topic area to support compassionate care. We believe that in order to undertake compassionate care, there is a need for a psychological understanding of the person and their social as well as structural world. Throughout the book, there is recognition that compassionate care and those providing it are immersed in the prevailing culture – the cultural hegemony. Whilst the contemporary hegemony demands the provision of compassionate care, it does not always provide the necessary resources. The book therefore concludes by exploring how both well-being and compassionate care can be maintained.

Book structure

The book starts with an introduction to the major psychological approaches to understanding people. Chapter 1 offers a basic exploration of what psychology is and ...

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