Clinical Sociology: Social Rehabilitation of Schizophrenia in China and Implications for Aging Research

Robert Sévigny, Sheying Chen


This article illustrates a clinical sociology approach to psychosocial inquiry and a heuristic analytical grid as a methodological guide. Key concerns of clinical sociology including the notion of self, individual–society relationship, a priority on experience and meaning (including implicit language), action/intervention, and other theoretical and methodological issues are reviewed. The heuristic analytical grid is depicted in seven themes: the individual, the society, the time dimension, “levels” or types of communication, social representation (of mental health/illness), intervention, and organizational dimension of (medical) intervention. Relevance to the study of gerontology is indicated by highlighting the similarities between the study of personal experience of psychiatric rehabilitation and the study of aging. Implications for research and clinical practice are discussed.


Clinical Sociology (CS), Heuristic Analytical Grid (HAG. or HG), Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Aging Study, Qualitative Research in China

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