System-Centered Care: How Bureaucracy and Racialization Decenter Attempts at Person-Centered Mental Health Care

Miraj U. Desai, Nadika Paranamana, John F. Dovidio, Larry Davidson, Victoria Stanhope

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Abstract

In this study, we explored structural biases in mental health organizations in the context of person-centered care—an emerging framework for health systems globally. The findings revealed how institutional structures powerfully condition clinical operations and providers, creating a risk that clients will be systemically seen as nonpersons, that is, as racialized or bureaucratic objects. Specifically, we elucidate how racial profiles could become determinants of care within institutions and how another, covert form of institutional objectification could emerge, in which clients are reduced to unseen bureaucratic objects. The findings illuminated a basic psychosocial process through which staff could become unwitting carriers of systemic agenda and intentionality—a type of “bureaucra-think”—and also how some providers pushed against this climate. These findings, and emergent novel concepts, add to the severely limited research on institutional bias and racism within psychological science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical Psychological Science
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • clinical psychological science
  • health system
  • implementation science
  • institutional bias
  • mental health services research
  • structural racism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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