A social history of mental health institutions – reflections and implications for psychiatric care

by Dr Andrew Shepherd and reviewed by Dr Alison Haggett


The second half of the nineteenth century witnessed a deterioration in asylum conditions.Learning outcomes:


The aims of this module are:


  • to consider the role of sociological processes within the history of psychiatry


  • to reflect on the influence of historical processes on modern psychiatric practice


  • to explore the emergence of alternative care models, which differed from the practices of the asylums


  • to consider the role of residential institutions in modern clinical practice


  • to understand the role of research processes in the study of residential institutions.


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