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dc.contributor.authorO'Brien, Wendyen_US
dc.contributor.authorFullagar, Simoneen_US
dc.contributor.editorDon Fletcheren_US
dc.description.abstractIn 2003 the National Mental Health Plan 2003-2008 became the first national mental health policy in Australia to adopt a specific recovery focus. Service delivery in both federal and state policies is now driven by a 'recovery' orientation that also raises questions about how mental health and illness are conceptualised and responded to in practice. We argue that there is a need for more critical engagement with the meaning of 'recovery' as it is often used in a self evident way to signify a better way forward for mental health policy. This article is informed by and informs research that is currently being conducted into women's recovery from depression. Our preliminary analysis offers a critical perspective on the discourses and assumptions that inform the 'relapse cycle' in women's depression that makes recovery so problematic. We consider how the 'imperative to recover' may in fact be implicated in perpetuating the cycle of recovery and relapse that characterises the chronicity of many women's experiences of depression. Hence, our focus identifies the gendered experience of recovery and the implications that arise for policy and practice when the social context of depression and recovery is largely ignored.en_US
dc.publisherSocial Alternatives Collectiveen_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalSocial Alternativesen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSociology not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.titleRethinking the relapse cycle of depression and recovery: A qualitative investigation of women's experiencesen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Business School, Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Managementen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2008 Social Alternatives. Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by this publisher. Please use the hypertext link above to access the journal's website or contact the author for more information.en_AU
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