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Chasing “Normal”: When Do Scientific Representations of Autism Hinder the Search for Effective Interventions?

by Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, The City University of New York What do you really think autism is? When one autism researcher asked four other autism researchers this, our answers were strikingly different. Viewpoints on autism are as diverse as autism itself is. The label autism is applied to varied individuals, including people who never speak and… Read more »

Ethics and Psychiatric Genetics: Involving Minors in the Debate

Since I was accepted for a DPhil at the University of Oxford, I have enjoyed people’s expression of surprise when they hear that I am based in the Department of Psychiatry – what is a philosopher doing in the Department of Psychiatry? When I then add that my project focuses on the ethical implications of… Read more »

Ethnographies of Early Intervention: Maternal and Infant Health and Nutrition, and a case from Indonesia

Excerpt from the paper given at the Newton Fund Research Links workshop, held in Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia from August 28th to September 2nd 2016, and funded by the British Council. The value of ethnography for early intervention Over the past year, I have made a case for the value of qualitative methods to study early… Read more »

Early Intervention: Justice for babies?

When deliberating on the many claimed benefits for early intervention services a number of ethical questions arise: – Why should the government invest in early intervention programmes? – Why is early intervention ‘right’? – Why is early intervention ‘good’? These inquiries seek to uncover the arguments behind the current UK government’s commitment to early intervention.… Read more »

Flawed Logic: Why Policy Makers are Sold on Early Intervention

by Naomi Eisenstadt CB, Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality at Scottish Government, and Senior Research Fellow at University of Oxford. For perhaps the last twenty years, policy makers have increasingly shown interest in early intervention. Most influential in this movement has been the work of Graham Allen MP. His first report, Early Intervention: the next… Read more »

Rethinking Mental Health by Re-prioritising All Our Welfare

by Peter Beresford OBE There is now widespread concern in the UK that mental health policy is in long-term crisis. It has been given low political priority and been grossly under-funded for many years. While policymakers have committed themselves to achieving ‘parity’ between physical and mental health services, there are few if any convincing signs… Read more »