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A Capabilities Approach to Mental Health Transformation: A Conceptual Framework for the Recovery era

Davidson, L., Ridgway, P., Wieland, M., & O’Connell, M.

Abstract

Recent commissions in Canada and the United States have stipulated recovery to be the overarching aim of mental health care and have called for systems of care to be transformed to be made consistent with this aim. If these efforts are not simply to repeat the mistakes of the past, a new conceptual framework will be needed to provide an alternative foundation for rethinking the nature of care for people with serious mental illnesses. In this paper, the authors identify the limitations of the conceptual framework of the deinstitutionalization movement and then offer the capabilities approach developed by Sen (1992, 1999) and others as a more adequate framework for the post-institutional era.

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Contributed on 7/26/2010

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