Mental health research: 10 unresolved dilemmas

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Research represents an essential component for any mental health activity. However, there are still many unresolved dilemmas in the mental health field which need adequate replies. This paper is an attempt to bring up some of the most relevant dilemmas. They include the acquisition/application problem (should we increase our knowledge or extend its application?); the developed/developing countries dilemma (although the burden of illness is overwhelmingly in the Thirld World, investment in health research is overwhelmingly focused on the health problems of the industrialized countries); the definition of criteria to identify priorities for research; the choice between quantitative and qualitative research; the quality dilemma (do we adequately apply what we know?); the lack of any agreed model of the normal functioning at different levels of organization; the lack of attention of researchers to consumers' satisfaction; the dilemma between reductionism and integration; and finally the money dilemma, related to the cost of research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-439
Number of pages15
JournalNeurologia Psichiatria Scienze Umane
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology


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