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From Morality to Mental HealthVirtue and Vice in a Therapeutic Culture$
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Mike W. Martin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304718

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195304713.001.0001

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The Therapeutic Trend

(p.3) Introduction
From Morality to Mental Health

Mike W. Martin (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins by laying out the theoretical foundations of this book, namely, that (1) sound morality is healthy; (2) we are responsible for our health, mental as well as physical; and (3) moral values permeate psychotherapy and conceptions of mental health. It then considers some moral controversies, such as drugs, homosexuality, and child abuse that illustrate the cultural ambivalence about how morality and mental health are related. The integration of morality and therapy, and pragmatism and virtue ethics are discussed.

Keywords:   mental health, moral values, therapy, pragmatism, virtue ethics

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