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One size fits all? The social construction of dis-employ-abled women

Authors:
VANDEKINDEREN Caroline, et al
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 27(5), August 2012, pp.703-716.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

In Europe, welfare states attempt to increase efforts to employ economically inactive citizens, such as disabled people, according to the norm of economic productivity. This article is based on an evaluation of a labour-market training programme for 17 women with mental health problem in a social workplace in Belgium. The study explored the retrospective insider perspectives on the work aspirations of the women involved in the programme to identify critical dynamics in their high drop-out from the social workplace. The central findings provide evidence of a prevalent one-size-fits-all discourse in these practices wherein complex and interrelated processes of discrimination take place that are based on both disability and gender. The findings demonstrate that the social workplace functions as a male bastion, in which the oversized overalls that women are forced to wear are symbolically relevant. In conclusion, the authors discuss and challenge the dominance of the neo-liberal norm of economic productivity and employability.

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Functional somatic syndromes and childhood physical abuse in women: data from a representative community-based sample

Authors:
FULLER-THOMSON Esme, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Aggression Maltreatment and Trauma, 20(4), May 2011, pp.445-469.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

Functional somatic syndromes have been defined as patterns of somatic symptoms “for which adequate examination does not reveal sufficiently explanatory structural or other specified pathology”. This study explored whether childhood physical abuse was associated with functional somatic syndromes in women while controlling for age, race, and four domains of potentially confounding factors: other childhood adversities; adult health behaviours; socioeconomic status and stressors; and mental health. Data was drawn from a regional sample 7,342 women from of the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey. Women reported whether they had been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia (FM), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS). Findings revealed that 749 women reported physical abused during their childhood. Also, childhood physical abuse was significantly associated with CFS, FM, and MCS. The authors concluded that clinicians involved in the management of functional somatic syndromes should assess patients for a history of childhood abuse.

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Women detained in hospital: a report by the Mental Health Act Commission

Author:
MENTAL HEALTH ACT COMMISSION
Publisher:
Mental Health Act Commission
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
37p.
Place of publication:
London

This report highlights some of the key issues found by the Mental Health Act Commission over two years in visiting and talking to women patients detained in NHS and independent hospitals in England and Wales, including how many are detained, gender separation, women detained on predominantly male wards, the public sector duty to promote gender equality, providing a sense of safety, the role of the built environment, acute admission wards, secure care, the role of nursing and other disciplines, physical healthcare, maintaining family contact, assessment, rehabilitation and recovery and models of therapeutic care, and diversity, ending with a conclusion and recommendations. Note: The Mental Health Act Commission was abolished in March 2009. This document is no longer freely available on the Internet.

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Summary report: Wellness recovery action plan (WRAP) training for BME women: an independent evaluation

Authors:
GORDON Jacki, CASSIDY Jan
Publisher:
Scottish Recovery Network
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
5p.
Place of publication:
Glasgow

This is a summary report on an independent evaluation of Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) training delivered to a group of seven black and minority ethnic (BME) women, most of who were South Asian. This evaluation was commissioned by the Scottish Recovery Network as part of its wider strategic activity in promoting and supporting recovery and to inform its roll out of WRAP to BME communities, as well as more generally.

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Wellness recovery action plan (WRAP) training for BME women: an evaluation of process, cultural appropriateness and effectiveness

Authors:
GORDON Jacki, CASSIDY Jan
Publisher:
Scottish Recovery Network
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
58p.
Place of publication:
Glasgow

This is a report on an independent evaluation of Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) training delivered to a group of BME women in Glasgow. This evaluation was commissioned by the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) as part of its wider strategic activity in promoting and supporting recovery.

Journal article

Electroshocking the elderly: another psychiatric abuse

Author:
WEITZ Don
Journal article citation:
Journal of Critical Psychology Counselling and Psychotherapy, 8(4), Winter 2008, pp.241-248.

Women and older people, particularly old women, remain the chief targets of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT). The author looks at the use of ECT in the United States and Canada and calls for a ban of the procedure.

Journal article

Women and reproductive loss: client-worker dialogues designed to break the silence

Author:
PRICE Sarah Kye
Journal article citation:
Social Work: A journal of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), 53(4), October 2008, pp.367-376.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

An estimated one in four women experiences a pregnancy loss during her lifetime. Despite the pervasiveness of foetal mortality reflected by these numbers, social workers rarely initiate dialogues regarding reproductive loss history. Reproductive loss experiences are interwoven with typical themes emerging in everyday social work practice, including mental health, self-conceptualization, social roles, and future parenting. To advance the knowledge of professional social workers regarding reproductive loss in women's lives, this article begins by synthesizing theory and empirical research related to reproductive loss and subsequent parenting. Then, four worker-initiated dialogues emerge as recommendations for integration into routine social work practice, expanding discussion of reproductive loss beyond a subset of specialized providers and into the multitude of practice settings.

Journal article

Mental health disorders and functioning of women in domestic violence shelters

Authors:
HELFRICH Christine A., FUJIURA Glenn T., RUTKOWSKI-KMITTA Violent
Journal article citation:
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23(4), April 2008, pp.437-453.
Publisher:
Sage

This study investigates the presence of mental health symptoms and disorders reported by 74 women in a domestic violence shelter and the impact of those symptoms on function in work, school, and social encounters. Findings are compared to estimates of U.S. women generally, based on a national sample of over 65,000 women drawn from the 1995 National Health Interview Survey. The sheltered sample presents significantly higher rates of mental conditions and functional impairments affecting their work, school, and social functioning. These women are also less educated and poorer and use more health services than the U.S. population. Mental health conditions must be identified in shelters to improve functioning and facilitate independence from abusers.

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Black and minority ethnic recovery group: report from the project

Author:
OUTSIDE THE BOX DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT
Publisher:
Outside the Box Development Support
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
15p.
Place of publication:
Glasgow

In December 2006, Glasgow Association for Mental Health (GAMH) and Outside the Box Development Support (OTB) began working with women from the black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in Glasgow to explore what recovery meant for them. During 2007 a second project built on the initial work and began the process of developing a recovery group which was led by the women. This report describes what happened in the second project and what was learned from it.

Journal

Archives of Women’s Mental Health

Publisher:
Springer Wien

Archives of Women’s Mental Health is the official journal of the International Association for Women’s Mental Health, the Section on Women’s Mental Health of the World Psychiatric Association, the Marce Society, Postpartum Support International, the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Section on Women's Mental Health of the Association of European Psychiatrists. The exchange of knowledge between psychiatrists and obstetrician-gynecologists is one of the major aims of the journal. Its international scope includes psychodynamics, social and biological aspects of all psychiatric and psychosomatic disorders in women. Interdisciplinary studies, focussing on the interface between psychiatry, psychosomatics, obstetrics and gynecology are especially welcomed. Coverage on Social Care Online from this journal is limited to relevant systematic reviews only.

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