Gender sensitivity and mental health care provision

Bergin, M. and Wells, J. and Owen, S. (2013) Gender sensitivity and mental health care provision. In: Drug use and abuse: signs/symptoms, physical and psychological effects and intervention approaches. Substance Abuse Assessment, Interventions and Treatment . Nova Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 221-234. ISBN 9781626182325

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Abstract

This chapter examines gender and mental health service provision with particularreference to alcohol related disorders and sensitivity of care. The theoretical andempirical literature in relation to gender, mental health care provision and alcohol relatedissues is explored.The Irish Government has adopted Gender Mainstreaming as a strategy to promoteequal opportunities between women and men in its National Development Plan.However, while current mental health policy addresses the principle of partnership andsocial inclusiveness as a way forward for mental health service provision, it still does notexplicitly deal with the notion of gender and gender sensitivity. Irish mental health policyand service provision is criticised for being gender-neutral. Research exploring thegendered needs of service users is lacking and this further compounds any attempt in theprovision of care that is gender sensitive. Drinking alcohol is considered a genderedactivity and impacts upon gender sensitivity and mental health care provision. Genderdifferences exist and the literature suggests that there is less social acceptability forwomen with alcohol related problems as traditional codes of femininity are seen to bebroken, and such behaviour patterns are largely viewed as deviant. This mirrors dominantsocietal expectations for women and alcohol use. Drinking alcohol and related problemsare viewed as belonging within a masculine domain and such practices are still moresocially acceptable for men. © 2012 Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

Keywords:Alcohol, Care provision, Gender, Ireland
Subjects:L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:13361
Deposited On:17 Feb 2014 10:57

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