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The Burden of Mental Illness

Ezra Susser, Sharon Schwartz, Alfredo Morabia and Evelyn J. Bromet

in Psychiatric Epidemiology

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195101812
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864096 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101812.003.01

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Series

The Burden of Mental Illness

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This chapter traces the roots of psychiatric epidemiology in medical sociology and the emergence of the community survey as its predominant research design, especially in the United States. It also follows the steps taken in psychiatric epidemiology to document the burden of disease due to mental disorders. Over a fifty-year period, psychiatric morbidity surveys have brought remarkable advances in knowledge. Ultimately, these studies helped to fulfill an overarching mission of psychiatric epidemiology: to bring about the recognition of mental disorders in public health.

Keywords: psychiatric epidemiology; community surveys; mental disorders; medical sociology; public health

Chapter.  4642 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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