Part I. Introduction:
1. Health and society: contributions to improving healthcare from the social sciences Richard Williams
Part II. Schooling:
2. Six features of the human condition: the social causation and social construction of mental health Steven R. Smith
3. Social sciences and health: a framework for building and strengthening social connectedness Catherine Haslam and S. Alexander Haslam
4. The social identity approach to health S. Alexander Haslam, Jolanda Jetten and Catherine Haslam
5. The relevance of social science to improving health and healthcare Daniel Maughan, Sue Bailey and Richard Williams
Part III. Scoping:
6. The social determinants of mental health Kamaldeep S. Bhui, Oliver Quantick and David Ross
7. Laidback science: messages from horizontal epidemiology Alarcos Cieza and Jerome Bickenbach
8. Parity of esteem for mental health Sue Bailey
9. Belonging Peter Hindley
10. Families and communities: their meanings and roles across ethnic cultures Hinemoa Elder
11. The nature of resilience: coping with adversity Richard Williams and Verity Kemp
12. The value of tolerance and the tolerability of competing values Jonathan Montgomery
13. Towards partnerships in health and social care: a coloquium of approaches to connectedness Richard Williams, Susan Bailey and Verity Kemp
14. Commentaries on core themes in Part III Jonathan Montgomery, S. Alexander Haslam, Adrian Neal and Richard Williams
Part IV. Sourcing:
15. Crowds and cooperation John Drury, Hani Alnabulsi and Holly Carter
16. Emergencies, disasters and risk reduction: a microcosm of social relationships in communities Tim Healing, Anthony D. Redmond, Verity Kemp and Richard Williams
17. Shared social identity in emergencies, disasters and conflicts John Drury and Khalifah Alfadhli
18. Complex trauma and complex responses to trauma in the asylum context Cornelius Katona and Francesca Brady
19. The mental health of veterans: ticking time bomb or business as usual? Deirdre Macmanus, Anna F. Taylor and Neil Greenberg
20. Violent radicalisation: relational roots and preventive implications Kamaldeep S. Bhui and Rachel Jenkins
21. Ways out of intractable conflict John Alderdice
22. Agency as a source of recovery and creativity John Drury, Tim Healing, Richard Williams, Catherine Haslam and Verity Kemp
Part V. Scaffolding:
23. Making connectedness count: from theory to practising a social identity model of health Stephen Reicher
24. Public health values and evidence-based practice Jonathan Montgomery and Richard Williams
25. Social scaffolding: supporting the development of positive social identities and agency in communities Catherine Haslam, S. Alexandser Haslam and Tegan Cruwys
26. Synthesising social science into healthcare Daniel Maughan and Richard William
27. Relationships, groups, teams and long-termism Peter Aitken, John Drury and Richard Williams
28. Caring for the carers Adrian Neal, Verity Kemp and Richard Williams
29. The importance of creating and harnessing a sense of 'us': social identity as the missing link between leadership and health S. Alexander Haslam, Niklas K. Steffens and Kim Peters
30. Smithtown as society Verity Kemp, Daniel Maughan, Richard Williams, Richard Mills and Tim Healing
Part VI. Sustaining:
31. Suit the action to the word, the word to the action Richard Williams.
Using current societal dilemmas, this book explores how social factors and social identity influence our health and recovery from illness. It includes recent research to present practitioners, researchers, policymakers and students of many disciplines with the material to support them in better harnessing current knowledge of the impact of social factors on health. The contents will influence collaborative working across policy, disciplinary and practice boundaries to design and deliver healthcare services. The book identifies the importance of social connectedness, social support, agency and self and group efficacy in people's health, longevity and resilience after adversity. Core perspectives include the social identity approach and a values framework for taking public health ethics into decision-making, both of which emphasise valuing people and co-productive relationships. Advocating better targeted mental health promotion and integrated interventions, this book strongly argues for a greater emphasis on social factors in evidence-based and cost-effective practice.
- A highly topical work which explores beneath epidemiology to look in more depth at the social and psychological mechanisms that determine health and recovery
- Includes a wide array of topics to encourage understanding of the link between social factors, health, and healthcare, including situations of asylum seeking, disasters, radicalisation and the impact of war on soldiers' mental health
- Advocates a novel and forward-looking approach to designing healthcare that fully incorporates social factors, with an exploration of how this can help manage resources and harness the progress in physical sciences and technology
Richard Williams, University of South Wales
Richard Williams is Emeritus Professor of Mental Health Strategy at the University of South Wales.
Verity Kemp, Healthplanning Ltd.
Verity Kemp is Director of Healthplanning Ltd, a consultancy service based in Sheffield.
S. Alexander Haslam, University of Queensland
S. Alexander Haslam is Professor of Psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland, Brisbane.
Catherine Haslam, University of Queensland
Catherine Haslam is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland, Brisbane.
Kamaldeep S. Bhui, Queen Mary University of London
Kamaldeep S. Bhui is Professor of Cultural Psychiatry and Epidemiology and Head of the Centre for Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.
Sue Bailey, Centre for Mental Health
Sue Bailey is Chair of the Centre for Mental Health, London.