Towards a critical theory of mental health nursing.

  title={Towards a critical theory of mental health nursing.},
  author={J. W. Hopton},
  journal={Journal of advanced nursing},
  volume={25 3},
In this paper, the author argues that, despite the self-image of the mental health nursing profession as innovative, radical and progressive, this is a 'false consciousness'. Mental health nursing is deeply immersed in a crisis of legitimacy which dates from, at least, the publication of Russell Barton's Institutional Neurosis in 1959. However, although mental health nurses responded positively to the insights of Russell Barton, they failed to respond directly to the dissenting voices of the… CONTINUE READING