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    Public mental health across cultures: The ethics of primary prevention of depression, focusing on the Dakhla oasis of Egypt

    Rashed, Mohammed and Bingham, R (2019) Public mental health across cultures: The ethics of primary prevention of depression, focusing on the Dakhla oasis of Egypt. In: Cratsley, K. and Radden, J. (eds.) Mental Health as Public Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Ethics of Prevention. Developments in Neuroethics and Bioethics 2. Elsevier, pp. 69-94. ISBN 9780128167564.

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    Abstract

    'Public Mental Health Across Cultures' examines the ethical issues raised by the prevention of depression across cultural contexts. It contrasts two approaches: a public mental health approach such as would be adopted by the movement for Global Mental Health, and a local approach that can be found in the Dakhla Oasis of Egypt. Each approach has different views on the categorisation of distress, its causes, risk factors, and the preventive strategies that would reduce the incidence of the conditions. Given these differences in worldview, the chapter considers the ethical principles that ought to regulate the interaction between the public health team and the community, where prevention of depression is at stake. These principles are examined in the case of two levels of intervention: family and social relationships, and individual interventions. It is argued that the complexities involved in the interaction suggest that it ought to be approached with the ethical mindset of an intercultural encounter not of a public health intervention.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Series ISSN: 2589-2959
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Mohammed Rashed
    Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2019 10:13
    Last Modified: 03 Dec 2019 10:13
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/27382

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