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Human Rights in the Real World: Exploring Best Practice Research in a Mental Health Context 

Human Rights in the Real World: Exploring Best Practice Research in a Mental Health Context
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Human Rights in the Real World: Exploring Best Practice Research in a Mental Health Context
Author(s):

Susan Rees

and Derrick Silove

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199213962.003.0043
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date: 14 December 2018

The challenges in undertaking research that attends to both mental health and human rights are explored by Susan Rees and Derrick Silove. They consider the possible translations of such research into practice, and offer a provisional typology of human rights and mental health research methods. These range from documentary research undertaken by international NGOs, through primary mental disorder and/or trauma research that implicitly considers human rights, empiricist rights-focused research in mental health, and social science research in disaster and conflict, to participatory action research in human rights. The problems of emancipatory research allegedly colliding with natural science models of research ‘objectivity’, and also the implicit assumption that research translation should respect the status quo, are discussed. Research case examples with asylum-seekers and the East Timorese community consider and address these tensions.

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