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Problem formulation in mental health residential treatment: a single case analysis

Pino, Marco; Mortari, Luigina

Authors

Marco Pino marco.pino75@gmai.com

Luigina Mortari



Abstract

This paper investigates an episode of interaction in a mental health residential centre in Italy, where a resident and a staff member manage a relational problem. The episode leads to an apparently paradoxical outcome: in spite of the fact that the resident has sought the staff members’ cooperation to make sense of the relational problem, she ends up being blamed for that problem. Adopting the approach of conversation analysis, the paper shows that this outcome is the result of the transition
from a relational view, to a one-sided view of the problem. The practices employed to accomplish this transition reflect a set of contrasting concerns and goals, which the participants bring to bear on the interaction. Reflection about these aspects
can sensitize the public to some of the intricacies and challenges entailed in the delivery of mental health residential treatment.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2012
Journal Ricerche di Pedagogia e Didattica – Journal of Theories and Research in Education
Electronic ISSN 1970-2221
Publisher Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 1
APA6 Citation Pino, M., & Mortari, L. (2012). Problem formulation in mental health residential treatment: a single case analysis. Ricerche di Pedagogia e Didattica, 7(1), doi:10.6092/issn.1970-2221/2591
DOI https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1970-2221/2591
Keywords Therapeutic Communities, Conversation Analysis, mental health
Publisher URL http://rpd.unibo.it/article/view/2591
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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