Preventing Mental Illness: Past, Present And Future

January 25, 2019|
Preventing Mental Illness: Past, Present And Future by Despo Kritsotaki
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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.

Chapters 3, 10, and 12 of this book are available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at

Despo Kritsotaki is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Crete, Greece.   Vicky Long is Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century British History at Newcastle University, UK. Matthew Smith is Professor of Health History at the University of Strathclyde, UK.
Title:Preventing Mental Illness: Past, Present And Future
Product dimensions:292 pages, 8.27 X 5.83 X 0 in
Shipping dimensions:292 pages, 8.27 X 5.83 X 0 in
Published:January 25, 2019
Publisher:Springer International Publishing
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9783030075224

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