Previous work examining how individuals enter mental health treatment comes either from the health services utilization tradition, which implicitly assumes that clients make decisions to seek care, or from the socio-legal perspective, which examines how clients are forced into care.
This paper draws from the Network-Episode Model to systematically consider the different social processes through which people come to enter psychiatric treatment by exploring the « stories » told by individuals making their first major contact with the mental health system.
We combine the use of qualitative and quantitative methods to examine data from the Indianapolis Network Mental Health Study, a longitudinal study of individuals in treatment at the largest public and voluntary facilities in the city.
We analyze detailed self-reports of how they came to use mental health services, classifying these stories as « choice, » « coercion, » or « muddling through. » Using multinomial logit analyses, we examine how factors such as gender, race and diagnosis shape the types of stories that individuals tell.
The preliminary results indicate that fewer than half of the stories (45.9%) match the notion of choice underlying the dominant utilization theories.
Almost a quarter of respondents (22.9%) report coercion and nearly one-third (31.2%) tell stories that lack a clear agent.
Diagnosis and social networks tap differences in how individuals experience entry into care. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Service santé, Santé mentale, Trouble psychiatrique, Homme, Utilisation, Prise décision, Choix, Hospitalisation imposée, Expérience personnelle, Comportement, Demande thérapeutique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health service, Mental health, Mental disorder, Human, Use, Decision making, Choice, Forced hospitalization, Personal experience, Behavior, Therapeutical request
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Code Inist : 002B18H05A. Création : 22/06/1998.