Krankheitsmodelle in der Psychiatrie - Systematische Literaturübersicht

Translated title of the contribution: Illness models in psychiatry – Systematic review

Dirk Richter, Jeremy Dixon

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Mental health and mental illness have been contested concepts for decades, with a wide variety of models being proposed. To date, there has been no exhaustive review that provides an overview of existing models.

To conduct a quasi-systematic review of theoretical models of mental health problems.

We searched academic databases, reference lists, and an electronic bookshop for literature that proposed, endorsed, reviewed, or critiqued such models. Papers, book chapters, and books were included with material by researchers, clinicians, non-medical professions, and service users writing between 2000 to June 2020 being considered. The study was registered with the Open Science Framework (No.

Based on 110 publications, we identified 34 different models which were grouped into five broader categories. Many models bridged two or more categories. Biological and psychological approaches had the largest number of models while social, consumer and cultural models were less diversified. Due to the non-empirical nature of the publications, several limitations in terms of search and quality appraisal apply.

We conclude that mental health care needs to acknowledge the diversity of theoretical models on mental health problems.
Translated title of the contributionIllness models in psychiatry – Systematic review
Original languageGerman
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sept 2022
EventDreiländerkongress Psychiatrische Pflege: Three Countries Congress: Nursing in Psychiatry - Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 22 Sept 202223 Sept 2022


ConferenceDreiländerkongress Psychiatrische Pflege


  • Mental illness models
  • Systematic review
  • Defintition of mental illness


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