The changing drivers of medicalisation

Authored by: Meredith R. Bergey

Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138225473
eBook ISBN: 9781315399584
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Social scientists have long been interested in how certain behaviours and social issues become defined or treated as mental disorders. Although the rise of psychiatry as a medical speciality contributed greatly to processes of medicalisation in the mid- to late twentieth century, other drivers are increasingly playing a role today. This chapter discusses some of these changes and points to various mediating factors that influence medicalisation, concluding with some suggestions for further research.

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