Social geographies of rural mental health: experiencing inclusions and exclusions

Parr, H. , Philo, C. and Burns, N. (2004) Social geographies of rural mental health: experiencing inclusions and exclusions. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 29(4), pp. 401-419. (doi: 10.1111/j.0020-2754.2004.00138.x)

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A dominant urban focus in previous research on the social geographies of mental health has obscured the experiences of people with mental health problems living in rural localities. Critiquing this urban focus, we report on research conducted in the rural and remote Scottish Highlands. Evidence derived from in-depth interviews with over 100 users of psychiatric services in the Highlands is deployed to investigate the complex socio-spatial dynamics of inclusion and exclusion experienced by these users on a daily basis. A discussion of the explanations that usersthemselvesoffer of their experiences is accompanied by a theoretical framing of these issues pivoting on relations of proximity distance and intimacy repulsion.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Community Mental Health Services, Highlands (Scotland), Human Geography, Mental Health, Rural Health Services, Rural Mental Health Services, Scotland
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Burns, Dr Nicola and Parr, Professor Hester and Philo, Professor Christopher
Authors: Parr, H., Philo, C., and Burns, N.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Publisher:Blackwell Publishing
ISSN (Online):0020-2754
Published Online:20 December 2004

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
263731Social Geographies of Rural Mental Health: Experiencing Inclusion and ExclusionChristopher PhiloEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)R000238453SCHOOL OF GEOGRAPHICAL & EARTH SCIENCES