Classics of Community Psychiatry: Fifty Years of Public Mental Health Outside the Hospital

Hardcover | May 10, 2011

EditorMichael Rowe, Kenneth Thompson, Martha Lawless

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The massive depopulation of state mental hospitals in the 1950s (known as "deinstitutionalization") posed special challenges to mental health consumers in need of intensive psychiatric treatment. No longer confined to long-term inpatient psychiatric wards, consumers were thrust into nursinghomes, assisted living centers, and onto the streets. Psychiatric treatment was relocated to the community, and the concept of recovery took on a new meaning.Classics in Community Psychiatry is the first volume to examine the course of the community psychiatry movement over the past fifty years. Starting with deinstitutionalization, the editors chart the progress and setbacks of the movement by presenting carefully selected primary source material fromthe realms of academia, politics, and even literature. For example, a classic journal article explores the relationship between social class and mental health, while excerpts from government documents describe mental health legislation. A novel demonstrates social attitudes toward the mentally ill,while a report from a federally funded task force discusses homelessness and severe mental illness. Each selection pinpoints a specific issue and moment of time during the history of mental health services over the past five decades, and is accompanied by insightful commentary from the volume'seditors. The result is a unique, innovatively conceived book that incorporates many different viewpoints to illustrate the evolution of community psychiatry, as well as the need to devote more resources and planning to mental health services looking ahead. Classic in Community Psychiatry will be avaluable resource for mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, administrators, and policymakers, and for graduate and undergraduate students in community psychology and psychiatry.

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The massive depopulation of state mental hospitals in the 1950s (known as "deinstitutionalization") posed special challenges to mental health consumers in need of intensive psychiatric treatment. No longer confined to long-term inpatient psychiatric wards, consumers were thrust into nursinghomes, assisted living centers, and onto the s...

Michael Rowe is Associate Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry, and Co-Director of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. Ken Thompson is Medical Director of the federal Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He is also Ass...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:594 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:May 10, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195326040

ISBN - 13:9780195326048

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Kathryn Power: ForewordMichael Rowe: PrefaceRichard Freeman and Michael Rowe: IntroductionFrancesca Martin and Elizabeth H. Flanagan: The Pre-Community Psychiatry Period (1850-1953)Rebecca Miller, Allison Ponce, and Ken Thompson: Deinstitutionalization and the Community Mental Health Center Movement (1954-1976)Larry Davidson and Priscilla Ridgway: The Community Support Movement and its Demise (1977-1997)Martha Lawless: The Recovery Era (1998-present)Michael Rowe: Conclusion: Community psychiatry and the Future