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Question: Goffman 'Asylums' - The Moral Career of the Mental Patient.

Answer: The Psychiatric tradition of hospitalizing mental patients is often viewed by society as an attempt to ‘treat’ someone with a psychiatric illness that may pose a danger to himself/others and is generally in the best interests of the patient, with the aim of recovery/treatment. In this view, the mental hospital is a helping/therapeutic institution. Based on Goffmans (1959) qualitative observations of life in a mental institution, he challenged the idea that the Psychiatric approach to mental illness through hospitalization was a positive/helping experience for the majority of patients (at least for some of the time) and instead claimed it could produce even more problematic behaviour and counter-therapeutic states (at least in the short term). He takes a...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Sociology
  • Course: Sociology
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: 60%
  • Words: 1924
  • Date submitted: October 18, 2009
  • Date written: January, 2008
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3382

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