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The rights and responsibilities of citizenship for service users: Some terms and conditions apply

Hamer, Helen P. and Finlayson, Mary (2015). The rights and responsibilities of citizenship for service users: Some terms and conditions apply. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing,22(9):698-705.

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Title The rights and responsibilities of citizenship for service users: Some terms and conditions apply
Author Hamer, Helen P.
Finlayson, Mary
Journal Name Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 22
Issue Number 9
ISSN 1351-0126   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84944163180
Start Page 698
End Page 705
Total Pages 8
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Field of Research MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Introduction
Service users have long been lobbying for equal participation as citizens, yet citizenship is an important and largely overlooked concept within nursing education and practice.

Aims

The study explored service users' understandings of their rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the conditions placed on these.

Methods

A total of 17 service users participated in semi-structured interviews. Isin's theory of the content of citizenship was used to analyze the data using a framework approach.

Results

Service users experience conditional citizenship that includes barriers to their participation and their rights and responsibilities that others in society enjoy.

Discussion

When the world of the service user is constructed through the language of the biomedical model, nurses may unwittingly reinforce psychiatric labels and thus perpetuate the stereotype that service users lack the competence to fully enact their rights and responsibilities.

Implications for practice

When providing care, nurses should incorporate the notion of therapeutic jurisprudence and the principles of reciprocity, procedural justice and the implementation of advanced directives to reduce conditions on service users' status as citizens.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12258   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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