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Systematic change for the mentally ill: A qualitative study examining co-occurring individuals in the community


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Abstract (summary)

Mental health disorders are illnesses involving health conditions of individuals within the human body (e.g., Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Schizophrenia Disorder). These health conditions can be exhibited as changes in thinking, mood, or behavior, often associated with distress and impaired functioning of the neurological system. Many individuals living in the community suffer from co-occurring illnesses (mental health illnesses together with substance use illnesses) and go untreated due to lack of engagement, barriers to treatment, and judicial involvement. This study examined individuals suffering from co-occurring illnesses, analyzed their perceptions of interacting with the mental health care system, and attempted to understand why these individuals often sought services from the criminal justice system instead of the mental health care system that is meant to treat them. Results from this study will help future researchers and clinicians to understand perceptions and interpretations of individuals’ illnesses, to assess the laws pertaining to treatment for their illness, to propose possible systematic changes within the mental health care and criminal justice system that would advance the effectiveness of treatment for these troubled persons, and to help discover strategies to help bridge the gap between the mental health care and criminal justice system for individuals suffering from co-occurring illnesses.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Mental health;
Clinical psychology;
Criminology
Classification
0347: Mental health
0622: Clinical psychology
0627: Criminology
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Psychology; Co-occurring illnesses; Criminal justice; Mental health disorders; Substance use
Title
Systematic change for the mentally ill: A qualitative study examining co-occurring individuals in the community
Author
Maiorano, Tabatha A.
Number of pages
154
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
1351
Source
DAI-B 72/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124663722
Advisor
Page, Thomas
Committee member
Beaver, Kevin; Gonzales, Dana
University/institution
Capella University
Department
School of Public Service Leadership
University location
United States -- Minnesota
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3456750
ProQuest document ID
872192030
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/872192030
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