Themes and Implications

  • Derek Milne
Part of the Psychology Applied to Nursing book series (PAN)


I began this book with an acknowledgement that it would prove difficult to do justice to the scope of psychology, but with the view that much of value could still be discussed. In trying to summarise what has been discussed, three themes emerge. They concern the importance of a problem-solving approach, the context of mental health nursing and the nature of nursing.


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Further Reading

  1. Barlow, D. H., Hayes, S. C. and Nelson, R. O. (1984). The Scientist-Practitioner. London: Pergamon. What Project 2000 refers to as ‘knowledgeable doers’, others refer to as the’ scientist-practitioner’. There is therefore much interest in this thorough going and positive book. It considers such ways of developing a research-based approach as applying single-subject studies (see Chapter 10) and testing out ideas from scientific journals in routine practice.Google Scholar
  2. Brown, G. W. and Harris, T. O. (1978). Social Origins of Depression. London: Tavistock. This is a fascinating and major analysis of ‘prevention’. Based on a survey of women in London, Brown and Harris proposed three causal factors in depression — provoking agents, vulnerability factors and symptom-formation factors. These formed part of their psychosocial model of depression, in which life events were a large feature.Google Scholar
  3. Richards, D. A. and McDonald, B. (1990). Behavioural Psychotherapy: A Handbook for Nurses. London: Heinemann Nursing. In addition to reviewing the development of nurse behaviour therapy in the UK, Richards and McDonald consider recent innovations in the nurse therapist’s role. These include work with those experiencing chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder. They go on to look optimistically at the fit between nurse therapy and Project 2000, suggesting, for instance, that some behavioural skills might be taught during basic training and that nurse therapists should play a greater role in teaching students, as well as experienced colleagues (for example, CPNs). In this way, they suggest that the ‘enormous potential’ of nurses can be realised.Google Scholar

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© Derek Milne 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Derek Milne
    • 1
  1. 1.Northumberland District Psychology ServiceUniversity of NewcastleUpon TyneUK

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