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Physis: Revista de Saúde Coletiva

versão On-line ISSN 1809-4481

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ASSAD, Maria Luiza  e  ORTEGA, Francisco. Uses of biological references in publications related to Global Mental Health. Physis [online]. 2016, vol.26, n.4, pp.1409-1428. ISSN 1809-4481.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/s0103-73312016000400018.

Since its emergence in 2007, the field of Global Mental Health has faced constant criticism by Transcultural Psychiatry and the Social Sciences. A main issue is the field's supposed tendency to make use of biological explanations so as to explain mental disorders, which would then have any other dimensions relegated to background. In order to analyze to what extent Global Mental Health relies on biological explanations, we searched during July of 2014 for expressions related to biology and “global mental health” in PubMed database and in recent publications associated with the field. In this article we present some conclusions about the incorporation of biological references in recent publications associated with Global Mental Health. Although there are very few explicit biological references in those texts, they seem to be used in order to justify the need for mental health policy. We also make some remarks about a context-specific view of biology.

Palavras-chave : Global Mental Health; biological explanations; neuroscience; genetics..

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