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BOOK REVIEW  
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 413
Research in Psychosocial Rehabilitation


Department of Psychiatry, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia

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Date of Web Publication8-Dec-2014
 

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Isaac M. Research in Psychosocial Rehabilitation. Indian J Psychiatry 2014;56:413

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Isaac M. Research in Psychosocial Rehabilitation. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2014 [cited 2019 Sep 21];56:413. Available from: http://www.indianjpsychiatry.org/text.asp?2014/56/4/413/146525



Edited by: Dharitri Ramaprasad, Lata Hemchand, S. Kalyanasundaram

Edition: First Edition

Published in 2012

Publisher: The Richmond Fellowship, Post Graduate College of Psychosocial

Rehabilitation, Chetna, - 40-1/4, 6th Cross, Vajpeyam Gardens, Ashoknagar, Banashankari I Stage Bengaluru - 560 050, Karnataka, India.

Pages: 154, Price: Rs. 250

In India, as in most other parts of the world, mainstream psychiatry has paid insufficient attention to psychosocial rehabilitation of persons with severe mental disorders. This is, in spite of a steadily growing body of evidence for the efficacy and usefulness of a variety of rehabilitation interventions such as skills training, supported employment, patient and family psycho-education, supported accommodation, cognitive remediation and peer support. Such interventions are unavailable, inaccessible or unaffordable for most persons who are likely to benefit from them. One of the very few institutions in the country working for the cause of psychosocial rehabilitation of the mentally ill is the Richmond Fellowship Society (India). In 1999, the society opened a Post Graduate College in Bengaluru for training personnel in the specialized area of psychosocial rehabilitation: The first of its kind in the country and perhaps in the whole of South East Asia. The college runs a 2 years masters level degree program (MSc) in psychosocial rehabilitation and counseling under the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. As part of the learning experience, the students are required to plan and carryout research under supervision and submit a dissertation to the university. During the period of 1999-2011, 60 students underwent the training. This book is the compilation of abstracts of 58 dissertations submitted to the university.

The topics covered by the student researchers include a wide range of issues relevant to mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation in India. They range from attitude toward mental illness, stigma, carer stress, job stress among mental health professionals to effects of psycho-education on treatment adherence. Although many of the reports are related to persons with schizophrenia, a variety of other conditions and settings too have been studied. These include mental health problems of street children, families with alcohol dependent individuals, persons with hearing impairment, women in sheltered homes, renal failure patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis, people living with HIV/AIDS, the elderly in old age homes and adolescents living in slums. It is said that writing a dissertation abstract is more difficult than writing the dissertation itself. Each summary follows a standard pattern and is quite clear, concise, and informative. They appear to give a fairly good idea of the dissertation.

The findings reported in many of the abstracts contribute to a better understanding of the rehabilitation needs of persons with mental disorders living in both urban and rural areas. Quality-of-life of patients as well as their care providers improves when they undergo rehabilitation. Psycho-education contributes to better treatment adherence. Vocational training and cognitive retraining have substantial beneficial effects. Care givers of female patients suffering from schizophrenia experience greater burden than care givers of male patients. Reluctance of prospective employers to hire persons with a history of mental disorders for a given job continues to be a hindrance for rehabilitation of persons with mental disorders.

In most universities and higher educational institutions, dissertations just decorate their libraries and are accessible to only those who consult their libraries. Most dissertations are often not published as academic papers, due to a variety of reasons. It is quite creditable that the Richmond Fellowship Society Post Graduate College of Psychosocial Rehabilitation has published a compilation of their entire dissertation summaries in a book form so that it is available to a large number of students, workers, professionals from various disciplines and organizations working in the area of rehabilitation of mentally ill persons in India.

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