Social inclusion and mental health

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Social inclusion is a leading concept in mental health practice. Multiple definitions exist and it is often assumed that full participation is required to achieve full inclusion. Challenging this assumption is the notion of 'middle-ground', a personally defined position where an individual feels socially included regardless of his or her physical involvement in the community. Occupational therapists can address this area of inquiry by recognising an alternative to the polar extremes of social inclusion. A practical tool is provided, which views social inclusion as a multidimensional system and promotes reflection on what it really means to be socially included.


Document Type: Short Communication


Publication date: March 1, 2010

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

    Submissions can be made at

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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