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The SAGE Handbook of Mental Health and Illness is a landmark volume, which integrates the conceptual, empirical, and evidence-based threads of mental health as an area of study, research, and practice. It approaches mental health from two perspectives - firstly as a positive state of well-being and personal and social functioning and secondly as psychological difference or abnormality in its social context.

Institutionalization and Deinstitutionalization
Institutionalization and deinstitutionalization

For much of the twentieth century, institutional psychiatrists have shied away from the term ‘asylum’ (Goffman, 1961). Even a hundred years ago, the concept's associations with what Ernest Jones called the ‘Chubb lock era’ in psychiatry were an embarrassment for professionals desperate to escape their public image ...

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