Qualitative Methodology in Public Mental Health: Program, Themes and Challenges

  • Martha P Romero Mendoza Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz
  • Jorge Galván Reyes Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz
Keywords: qualitative research, mental health, teaching

Abstract

The primary objective of the present paper is to describe the use of qualitative methodologies in public mental health as practiced by the Faculty of Medicine at the National University Autonomous of Mexico. Starting from describing our teaching experiences with qualitative methodologies at the masters and doctoral levels, this paper also includes a series of reflections and concerns in relation to the difficulties instructors and students have when proposing qualitative approaches to the practice of public mental health and the topics students choose to study. From these reflections we conclude that one of the most important challenges is to develop high quality and rigorous qualitative research in order to establish it as a respected methodological approach in the study of public mental health. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0801394

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Author Biographies

Martha P Romero Mendoza, Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz
Dra. Martha P. ROMERO MENDOZA. Licenciatura y maestría en Psicología Clínica. Doctorado en Antropología por la UNAM. Investigadora en ciencias médicas E del Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría. Profesora titular de la materia metodología cualitativa en el área de la salud mental pública. Facultad de Medicina. UNAM. Sus intereses primordiales son las adicciones y perspectiva de género
Jorge Galván Reyes, Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz
Mtro. Jorge GALVÁN REYES. Licenciatura en Psicología Social y maestría en Salud Mental Pública por la UNAM. Investigador en ciencias médicas D del Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría. Sus intereses primordiales son las adicciones y redes sociales.
Published
2008-01-31