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Title: Hi-end spatial information technologies : a case for mental health
Authors: Formosa, Saviour
Agius, Mark
Grech, Anton
Pace, Charles
Keywords: Geographic information systems
Mental health -- Malta
Criminology -- Malta
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: University of Cambridge
Citation: Formosa, S., Agius, M., Grech, A., & Pace, C. (2007). Hi-end spatial information technologies : a case for mental health. Cambridge/Luton International Conference on Mental Health 2007, Cambridge. 27.
Abstract: Mental health ‘incidences’ are essentially tied to a spatial location: those parameters emanating from other than purely physiological and psychological triggers. The issue of spatio-temporal social interaction which identifies locational constructs such as patient’s residence, everyday interactions and the resultant impacts of the neighbourhood fabric calls for a holistic approach in understanding health issues. This reality is why aetiology in mental health is described as bio-psycho-social. Recent observations suggest that serious mental illness [including Schizophrenia, Depressive psychosis and bipolar disorder] is more prevalent in inner cities. However, little explanation has thus far been offered as to what inner city socio-structural factors might induce the development of psychosis.
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