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The Re-covering Self: a critique of the recovery-based approach in India's mental health care

Bayetti, C; Jadhav, SS; Jain, S; (2016) The Re-covering Self: a critique of the recovery-based approach in India's mental health care. Disability and the Global South , 3 (1) pp. 889-909. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper critiques recent initiatives for deploying the Recovery Model in the Indian sub-continent. It traces the history and growth of the model, and questions its applicability for mental health care in the Indian sub-continent. The authors argue that mental health professionals in this region are at the crossroads of a familiar past: either to uncritically import and apply a Euro-American 'recovery' model or re-configure its fundamental premise such that it is embraced by the majority Indian population. The paper proposes a fundamental re-think of existing culturally incongruent 'Recovery Models' before application in India’s public mental health and clinic settings. More crucially, policy makers, clinicians and researchers need to reconsider the local validity of what constitutes 'recovery' for the very people who place their trust in State mental health services. This critical reappraisal, together with essential culturally-sensitive research, is germane to prevent yet again the deployment of culture-blind programmes and practices. Addressing these uncontested issues has profound implications for public mental health in the Global South.

Type: Article
Title: The Re-covering Self: a critique of the recovery-based approach in India's mental health care
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://disabilityglobalsouth.files.wordpress.com/...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Authors. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Keywords: Recovery; clinically applied anthropology; India; local mental health; global mental health; cultural psychiatry
UCL classification: UCL
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 Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1500899
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