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Preventing Mental Illness: Past, Present and Future

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Vicky Long


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This book provides an overview of a diverse array of preventive strategies relating to mental illness, and identifies their achievements and shortcomings. The chapters in this collection illustrate how researchers, clinicians and policy makers drew inspiration from divergent fields of knowledge and practice: from eugenics, genetics and medication to mental hygiene, child guidance, social welfare, public health and education; from risk management to radical and social psychiatry, architectural design and environmental psychology. It highlights the shifting patterns of biological, social and psychodynamic models, while adopting a gender perspective and considering professional developments as well as changing social and legal contexts, including deinstitutionalisation and social movements. Through vigorous research, the contributors demonstrate that preventive approaches to mental health have a long history, and point to the conclusion that it might well be possible to learn from such historical attempts. The book also explores which of these approaches are worth considering in future and which are best confined to the past. Within this context, the book aims at stoking and informing debate and conversation about how to prevent mental illness and improve mental health in the years to come.

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Editor(s): Kritsotaki D, Long V, Smith M

Series Editor(s): Coleborne, C; Smith, M

Publication type: Edited Book

Publication status: Published

Edition: 1

Series Title: Mental Health in Historical Perspective

Year: 2019

Number of Volumes: 1

Number of Pages: 292

Print publication date: 23/11/2018

Online publication date: 17/10/2018

Acceptance date: 22/09/2018

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Place Published: Cham, Switzerland


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-98699-9

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ISBN: 9783319986982