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Mental health and older women: The challenges for social perspectives and community capacity building

Fawcett, Barbara and Reynolds, Jill (2010). Mental health and older women: The challenges for social perspectives and community capacity building. British Journal of Social Work, 40(5) pp. 1488–1502.

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Older women tend to be either rendered invisible in relation to considerations of mental health or, conversely, constructed as potential mental health problems. In this article, we draw attention to the position of older women with regard to current debates in the mental health field. It is argued that, within the UK and Australia, the prioritization of the management of risk and what an older woman cannot do rather than what she can adversely affects not only her mental well-being, but also the contribution that she can make to the community in which she lives. We argue that the fostering of strengths-based community capacity building, which includes proactive, innovative and flexible underpinning practice principles, has the capacity to expand rather than reduce horizons for older women, to confront restrictive and discriminatory barriers and to enhance quality-of-life factors.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 The Author
ISSN: 0045-3102
Keywords: mental health; older women; community capacity building; strengths based approach;
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 17083
Depositing User: Users 9 not found.
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2009 15:15
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:28
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