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'The Lion’s Den’: The Epistemic Dimensions of Invisible Emotional Labour in Service-User Involvement Spaces

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'The Lion’s Den’ : The Epistemic Dimensions of Invisible Emotional Labour in Service-User Involvement Spaces. / Brosnan, Liz.

In: Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, Vol. 10, xi, 15.07.2019, p. 1-16.

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Brosnan, L 2019, ''The Lion’s Den’: The Epistemic Dimensions of Invisible Emotional Labour in Service-User Involvement Spaces', Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, vol. 10, xi, pp. 1-16. <https://jemh.ca/issues/v9/documents/JEMH%20Inclusion%20xi.pdf>

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Brosnan, L. (2019). 'The Lion’s Den’: The Epistemic Dimensions of Invisible Emotional Labour in Service-User Involvement Spaces. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 10, 1-16. [xi]. https://jemh.ca/issues/v9/documents/JEMH%20Inclusion%20xi.pdf

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Brosnan L. 'The Lion’s Den’: The Epistemic Dimensions of Invisible Emotional Labour in Service-User Involvement Spaces. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health. 2019 Jul 15;10:1-16. xi.

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Brosnan, Liz. / 'The Lion’s Den’ : The Epistemic Dimensions of Invisible Emotional Labour in Service-User Involvement Spaces. In: Journal of Ethics in Mental Health. 2019 ; Vol. 10. pp. 1-16.

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