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Older people and the use of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Ball, Laurence Francis Joseph (2013)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This thesis explores the use of the Mental Health Act (MHA)(1983) with older people(65+) by providing a multi-perspective insight as expressed by those involved in the process. In particular, it focuses on the personal and social circumstances in which decisions to compulsorily detain older people are made. The thesis comprises two elements; one documentary, one qualitative. The documentary study was over a four year period (2000-2003) gathering demographic data around various themes including numbers of older people detained, gender, age, diagnosis and the relevant section used to detain the older person under the MHA(1983) This provided an insight into the scale of the phenomenon.

Within the qualitative study, 58 semi-structured interviews were conducted providing fifteen case studies which were then thematically described and interpreted using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Semi-structured 1:1 interviews were adopted to allow participants the opportunity to express their personal experience. The thesis concluded that at times, some older people and their caregivers became passive recipients of mental health services, mainly through power inequalities, particularly at the time of assessment and discharge.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Tanner, Denise and Farrell, Derek
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Institute of Applied Social Studies
Keywords:Mental Health Act (1983), Older People, Mental, Health, Illness, Disorder
Subjects:H Social Sciences (General)
HM Sociology
HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3851
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