2005 article in The Psychologist; "The bio-bio-bio model of madness" - John Read wonders what happened to the ‘psycho’ and ‘social’ in explanations of mental illness.
Excerpts from paper:
"I said that many of us still feel we are living in occupied
territory. The war would end, I continued, only when simplistic
biological ideologies and technologies withdrew to the appropriate
boundary and acknowledged the damage caused by their illegitimate
"Psychologists, like other academics and health
professionals, tend to be rather thoughtful and kindly folk. Most prefer
not to engage in wars, of any kind. So it is understandable that so
many psychologists have accepted the so-called bio-psychosocial model.
It allows psychologists interested in schizophrenia to study which
psychosocial factors trigger the supposed genetic predisposition, as
long as they are prepared to ignore the absence of reliability or
validity for the construct they are studying ( Richard Bentall, 2003)
Nearly ten years have passed and it seems that in Scotland very little has changed, in respect of the bio-bio-bio model of madness and mental illness.