Critical realism: a philosophical framework for the study of gender and mental health

Bergin, Michael and Wells, John S. G. and Owen, Sara (2008) Critical realism: a philosophical framework for the study of gender and mental health. Nursing Philosophy, 9 (3). pp. 169-179. ISSN 1466-7681

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Abstract

This paper explores gender and mental health with particular reference to the emerging philosophical field of critical realism. This philosophy suggests a shared ontology and epistemology for the natural and social sciences. Until recently, most of the debate surrounding gender and mental health has been guided either implicitly or explicitly within a positivist or constructivist philosophy. With this in mind, key areas of critical realism are explored in relation to gender and mental health, and contrasted with the positions of positivism and constructivism. It is
argued that critical realism offers an alternative philosophical framework for the exploration of gender issues within mental health care.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:critical realism, positivism, mental health, constructivism, gender, Ontology, Epistemology
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:3711
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:23 Dec 2010 13:12
Last Modified:06 Dec 2013 08:42

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