Mental Health as Public Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Ethics of Prevention

Mental Health as Public Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Ethics of Prevention

1st Edition - September 20, 2019

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  • Editors: Kelso Cratsley, Jennifer Radden
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128167564
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128167571

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In recent years there has been increased recognition of the global burden of mental disorders, which in turn has led to the expansion of preventive initiatives at the community and population levels. The application of such public health approaches to mental health raises a number of important ethical questions. The aim of this collection is to address these newly emerging issues, with special attention to the principle of prevention and the distinctive ethical challenges in mental health. The collection brings together an interdisciplinary group of experts in bioethics, mental health, public health, and global health.

Key Features

  • Compared to other public health initiatives, those directed towards mental health are relatively new and have yet to receive sustained ethical analysis. This is the first edited volume to highlight the distinctive ethical issues surrounding public mental health.
  • The individual chapters contain cutting-edge, original research by an interdisciplinary collection of authors, including experts in bioethics, mental health, public health, and global health.


Researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners in the field of public mental health, as well as students in public health, bioethics, and psychiatry

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    Jennifer Radden and Kelso Cratsley
    2. Public mental health ethics: an overview
    Kelso Cratsley and Jennifer Radden
    3. Is coercion ever beneficent? Public health ethics in early intervention and prevention for mental health
    Alex McKeown, Rose Mortimer, Arianna Manzini and Ilina Singh
    4. Public mental health across cultures: the ethics of primary prevention of depression, focusing on the Dakhla Oasis of Egypt
    Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed and Rachel Bingham
    5. Ethical considerations for conducting cross-cultural biological psychiatry and prevention research on depression among adolescents in low- and middle-income countries
    Kamal Gautam, Gloria A. Pedersen, Syed Shabab Wahid and Brandon A. Kohrt
    6. International and cross-cultural parenting research and intervention ethics
    Rebecca S. Hock, Elizabeth J. Levey, Christine E. Cooper-Vince and Benjamin L. Harris
    7. Conceptual and ethical problems in screening for major depressive disorder
    Dany Lamothe and Mona Gupta
    8. Machine learning and suicide prevention: considering context as a guide to ethical design
    Phoebe Friesen and Katie O’Leary
    9. The ethics of early identification and intervention in psychosis
    Charlotte A. L. Marriott and Matthew R. Broome
    10. Preparing for the unthinkable? The prevention of posttraumatic stress disorder and the limits of positive psychology
    Ulrich Koch
    11. Going too far? How the public health anti-obesity drives could cause harm by promoting eating disorders
    Jacinta O.A. Tan, Suzana Corciova and Dasha Nicholls
    12. Prevention in prayer camps? The ethics of government engagement in Ghana’s 2012 mental health legislation
    Lauren A. Taylor
    13. Public mental health without the health? Challenges and contributions from the Mad Pride and neurodiversity paradigms
    Ginger A. Hoffman

Product details

  • No. of pages: 342
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: September 20, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128167564
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128167571

About the Serial Volume Editors

Kelso Cratsley

Kelso Cratsley is a Visiting Researcher in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, and a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at American University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Georgetown University, USA

Jennifer Radden

Jennifer Radden is Professor Emerita in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA

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