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By Kim Stanley Robinson

ISBN-10: 0307571858

ISBN-13: 9780307571854

Kim Stanley Robinson - Antarctica

From the award-winning writer of the Mars Trilogy comes an exciting new novel....

Kim Stanley Robinson, writer of the Hugo and Nebula award-winning Mars trilogy, is among the most unusual and visionary writers of fiction at the present time. Now, in his newest novel, he's taking us to a harsh, alien panorama lined by means of a sheet of ice miles deep. this is often no far-off planet--it is the final natural desolate tract on earth.

A stark and inhospitable position, its panorama poses a problem to survival; but its unusual, silent good looks has lengthy interested scientists and adventurers. Now Antarctica faces an doubtful destiny. The overseas treaty that protects the continent is ready to dissolve, clearing the best way for Antarctica's assets and eerie good looks to be plundered. As politicians and companies movement to figure out its destiny from part an international away, radical environmentalists perform a covert crusade of sabotage to reclaim the land. The winner of this severe conflict will ensure the longer term for this final nice wilderness....

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Maybe because of these factors, it has been found that less than 20 per cent of those who saw themselves as having psychological problems took those problems to mental health professionals. Cowen (1982) has provided a breakdown of the kinds of personal problems people raise with informal helpers. The most common are problems with children, physical health, relationships, depression, The context of mental health nursing 27 anxiety, work and money. However, the list is 25 items long, and includes more of the less common psychological complaints of guilt, confusion, worthlessness and loneliness.

Key behaviours, such as client independence, were found to be most common in the cafeteria, followed by the corridors. Paradoxically, this independence was least frequently observed in the places where it would most be expected, namely occupational therapy and recreational therapy, and only noted at an intermediate level in the wards. There is, therefore, a scientific parallel for the everyday observation that the physical environment shapes behaviour. Other examples are not hard to find: • the layout of a housing estate affects the selection of friends from amongst one's neighbours, the duration of neighbourly contacts and the number of confrontations about ownership and territory; • the design of individual properties can reduce domestic crimes such as theft, damage; • the layout of furniture within a hospital ward lounge can dramatically affect the quality and quantity of social interactions; • open dormitories, locked nurses' offices, and large, centralised eating areas adversely influence client behaviour; • high levels of noise disrupt concentration and the performance of complex tasks (especially if it is out of one's control, or is irregular and unpredictable) .

They highlight the role played by group dynamics, and urge nurse tutors to address this powerful process , which if not halted can lead to different professional groups wasting a great deal of energy defending 'their' expertise or resources, and enforcing loyalty from their own group. The psychology of group behaviour is a relevant backdrop for these team traumas (see Niven and Robinson, 1993) . The 'community context' of mental health nursing If one accepts the view that it is what professionals actually do that matters, rather than their title or what they say they do, then the next The context of mental health nursing 25 logical step is to consider how other people contribute to the mental health of the community.

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