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by Dr Alison Haggett and
Dr Mark Harrison
Last reviewed: November 2018
This module highlights the factors that
influenced ideas about mental illness through the 20th century,
examining the ways in which ideas about ‘normal’
behaviour were heavily contingent upon broader social
fears and the cultural context of the time.
Despite significant advances arising
from the biopsychosocial understanding of mental disorders, social
and cultural factors still play an important part in interpreting
and treating modern day mental illness.
By the end of the module you should
have a deeper understanding of:
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