By the end of this module you should be able
define social psychiatry and the complexities associated with
give an overview of the main sociological
perspectives in psychiatry
explain how societies’ perception of mental
disorder has changed over time
describe how societies’ attitudes to mental
disorder can lead to stigmatisation and social consequences
describe how life events are linked
list the social vulnerability factors for
depression, schizophrenia and substance misuse and how these may be
In this module we will examine the role of
social factors in relation to mental health issues.
We will explore how society and social
psychiatry has contributed towards, developed and disputed major
mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, depression and
As psychiatrists, one of the main models we
adhere to is a bio-psycho-social approach and it is therefore
important to ensure that social aspects are adequately explored and
We recommend that you make some notes as you work through
The 'TrOn Notebook' facility can be accessed
throughout the module (allowing you to make notes on each page),
and these notes will be saved in your personal area 'My TrOn', for
future reference. However, you will not be able to print these
notes as one single document.
If you would prefer to make your notes in a
separate document you may wish to download the 'learning notes'
below. This downloadable Word document will allow you to keep a
personalised record of your learning, which you can then save
and/or print for future reference.
Download the learning notes document for this module