Psychiatry, considered by Alexandre Minkowski as " the most scientific of the human sciences and the most human of sciences", saw a institutional and therapeutic revolution since about thirty years and especially, more recently, a communicational revolution. The improvement of the life quality became a priority for a large majority of citizens. So the interest which arouses psychiatry in our society motivates an important development of the dissemination of psychiatric knowledge and acculturation. Based on the study of the psychiatry popularization stakes - of a social, individual, or professional nature - and of its social representations, this original and innovative work borows a methodological tool from management : functional analysis.

Inspired by works of Jean-Marie Albertini and Claire Bélisle worried by some questions related to science popularization in the broad sense, our method aims to identify, to list and to analyze the functions of psychiatry popularization in order to organize them in a functional, structured and synthetic graphic representation. By this fine and detailed functional analysis, we show that psychiatry popularization counts a characteristic among the functions called "of service" *, which is the therapeutic function. So we highlight two meanings : - psychiatry popularization is a support for the care (to communicate while taking care of ), - psychiatry popularization is a care, in the sense where it configures and determines this one (to care by communication).

We can see hear one of the explanations of the success gained by psychiatry popularization near its "users", public, patients, patients’ families and associations of patients as near its "actors", psychiatrists, psychiatric institutions, laboratories, pharmacists.

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An analytical panorama of the functions of psychiatry communication

Anne-Laurence Margérard   Jean-Moulin Lyon III University, Lyon, France

Psychiatry, considered by Alexandre Minkowski as " the most scientific of the human sciences and the most human of sciences", saw a institutional and therapeutic revolution since about thirty years and especially, more recently, a communicational revolution. The improvement of the life quality became a priority for a large majority of citizens. So the interest which arouses psychiatry in our society motivates an important development of the dissemination of psychiatric knowledge and acculturation. Based on the study of the psychiatry popularization stakes - of a social, individual, or professional nature - and of its social representations, this original and innovative work borows a methodological tool from management : functional analysis.

Inspired by works of Jean-Marie Albertini and Claire Bélisle worried by some questions related to science popularization in the broad sense, our method aims to identify, to list and to analyze the functions of psychiatry popularization in order to organize them in a functional, structured and synthetic graphic representation. By this fine and detailed functional analysis, we show that psychiatry popularization counts a characteristic among the functions called "of service" *, which is the therapeutic function. So we highlight two meanings : - psychiatry popularization is a support for the care (to communicate while taking care of ), - psychiatry popularization is a care, in the sense where it configures and determines this one (to care by communication).

We can see hear one of the explanations of the success gained by psychiatry popularization near its "users", public, patients, patients’ families and associations of patients as near its "actors", psychiatrists, psychiatric institutions, laboratories, pharmacists.

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