Joint Decision Making in Mental Health

An Interactional Approach

  • Camilla Lindholm
  • Melisa Stevanovic
  • Elina Weiste

Part of the The Language of Mental Health book series (TLMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Elina Weiste, Melisa Stevanovic, Camilla Lindholm
    Pages 1-41
  3. Melisa Stevanovic, Taina Valkeapää, Elina Weiste, Camilla Lindholm
    Pages 43-68
  4. Lisa Mikesell, F. Alethea Marti, Jennifer R. Guzmán, Michael McCreary, Bonnie T. Zima
    Pages 69-94
  5. Melisa Stevanovic, Camilla Lindholm, Taina Valkeapää, Kaisa Valkia, Elina Weiste
    Pages 141-164
  6. Galina B. Bolden, Alexa Hepburn, Beth Angell
    Pages 165-186
  7. Camilla Lindholm, Melisa Stevanovic, Taina Valkeapää, Elina Weiste
    Pages 187-210
  8. Jenny Paananen, Camilla Lindholm, Melisa Stevanovic, Taina Valkeapää, Elina Weiste
    Pages 211-234
  9. Evrinomy Avdi, Vasileia Lerou
    Pages 253-273
  10. Taina Valkeapää, Melisa Stevanovic, Elina Weiste, Camilla Lindholm
    Pages 275-303
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 305-310

About this book


This volume studies joint decision making in mental health care contexts through an in-depth examination of the negotiations of power and authority at the level of turn-by-turn sequential unfolding of interaction. 

Bringing together research at the intersection of mental health, discourse and conversation analysis it examines a wide range of settings including chronic psychiatric visits, rehabilitation meetings, occupational therapy encounters and cognitive behavioral therapy appointments. It presents a series of studies which reveal in close detail the joint decision-making processes in these critical encounters by using naturally occurring video-recorded interactions from a range of health service settings as data. In so doing, it sheds light on the interactional practices of health care workers that may facilitate or discourage client participation in joint decision-making processes. 

The book will provide important insights for academics and practitioners working in the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, applied linguistics, nursing, social work and rehabilitation; and in particular for those specializing in psychiatry and mental health.

Camilla Lindholm is Professor of Nordic languages at Tampere University, Finland. Prof. Lindholm’s main research areas are interaction in institutional settings and linguistically asymmetric interaction. Her methodological approaches are conversation analysis and interactional linguistics, and she takes an interest in applying her research findings and creating a dialogue with society.

Melisa Stevanovic is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Dr. Stevanovic has conducted a long series of studies on collaborative decision-making in both naturally occurring interactions and experimental settings. She has also published on the topic of interactional deficits and experiences of interaction, specifically in the context of autism spectrum disorders.

Elina Weiste is Researcher at The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland. Dr. Weiste has a background as an occupational therapist in psychiatric rehabilitation and has extensive knowledge of individuals with mental illness and their training in social skills. She earned her PhD on therapeutic interaction and has vast experience in training clinical professionals.


Conversation Analysis Mental Health Care Institutional Interaction Occupational Therapy Interactional Linguistics Decision Making Social Inclusion Intellectual Disability Patient Participation Epistemics Deontics Medical Anthropology Social Psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Camilla Lindholm
    • 1
  • Melisa Stevanovic
    • 2
  • Elina Weiste
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Information Technology and Communication SciencesTampere UniversityTampereFinland
  2. 2.Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.The Finnish Institute of Occupational HealthHelsinkiFinland

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