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Fall 12-1-2014

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Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development


The purpose of this paper is to provide insight on the community model of rehabilitation for individuals with mental health disorders in Chile with a specific focus on schizophrenia. Stigmas surrounding mental health are still very prevalent in this society. These stigmas make it difficult for patients to integrate themselves into society, and in turn, add stress to the patients’ families, who must support and care for them. The community model of mental health rehabilitation is important to consider in the efforts to re-integrate these patients into society. La Corporación Bresky, a rehabilitation center in Peñablanca, will be used as a case study for this model. This paper includes analyses of several texts reviewing the community model and its alternatives, my observations from my time spent in the Bresky community, and three interviews with people associated with the corporation in order to provide multiple perspectives concerning the topic. Overall, in the presentation of this project I hope to demonstrate the effectiveness of mental health rehabilitation centers with the community approach in a country where high-quality and accessible mental health resources are lacking.


Accessibility | Civic and Community Engagement | Communication Sciences and Disorders | Community-Based Research | Community Health | Disability and Equity in Education | International and Area Studies | Latin American Studies | Medical Humanities | Mental and Social Health | Other Mental and Social Health


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