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Applying a psychosocial pathways model to improving mental health and reducing health inequalities: Practical approaches

Stansfield, J; Bell, R; (2019) Applying a psychosocial pathways model to improving mental health and reducing health inequalities: Practical approaches. International Journal of Social Psychiatry , 65 (2) pp. 107-113. 10.1177/0020764018823816. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: Mental health can help explain how social inequalities impact on health. Many current public health challenges are shaped by social, economic and environmental conditions that take a mental toll on society. Purpose: This article describes a conceptual framework illustrating the psychosocial pathways that link the wider conditions to health behaviours and outcomes. It draws out implications of this framework for mental health practice that aim to support policy and decision-making on future action to reduce health inequalities and presents practical examples of what can be done. Methods: This article expands on a report commissioned by Public Health England. A narrative review and synthesis of relevant evidence built on existing research by the Institute of Health Equity. A conceptual framework was developed and a consultation exercise with stakeholders helped to revise and illustrate it with practice examples. Conclusions: The field of mental health has much to contribute to prevention, not just of mental illness but also of physical health conditions and reduction of inequalities in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy, especially through collaborative public health action.

Type: Article
Title: Applying a psychosocial pathways model to improving mental health and reducing health inequalities: Practical approaches
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0020764018823816
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0020764018823816
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Psychosocial, health inequalities, public mental health
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084837
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