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About Social-Psychiatry

Urbanisation goes hand in hand with an increase in mental disorders, including addiction. The metropolitan environment is associated with great cultural diversity, low socio-economic status of a large number of people, social mobility and lack of social control. These urban characteristics have an effect on the occurrence and the course of mental disorders.

Conversely, patients with severe mental illness are an integral part of the city street view. Often this group causes public nuisance through criminal offences, begging or otherwise deviant behaviour. At the same time, these patients do not explicitly present themselves for help, which limits the possibilities of effective interventions.

The social psychiatric research program is targeted at developing interventions in this interface of public order and mental health care. Research is focussed on three main topics:

  1. Monitoring service use and treatment outcome. Service use is evaluated by investigating trends in the use of different types of compulsory measures and routine outcome monitoring.
  2. Reduction of the use of involuntary care. Studies are aimed at prevention of compulsory measures by means of risk assessment, risk management, and tailor maid care arrangements that contribute to continuity of care.
  3. Strengthening treatment engagement in severe mentally ill patients. Impaired awareness of illness and lack of social support prevent severely mentally ill patients from influencing their care plan.

Research group

Faculty Post-docs PhD Students
Prof. Dr. C.L. Mulder Dr. A.M. Kamperman Drs. J.M. Ruchlewska
Dr. A.I. Wierdsma   Drs. E.C. Jochems
    Drs. J. Stobbe
    Drs. R. van de Sande
    Drs. M. van de Vught
    Drs. C. van de Venne
    Drs. E. Noordraven
    Drs. I. Dekker
    Drs. J. Wynia
    Drs. M. de Jong
    Drs. B.J. Roosenchoon