Mental health policy in modern America

Gerald N. Grob

in Oxford Textbook of Community Mental Health

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ISBN: 9780199565498
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640478 | DOI:

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Mental health policy in modern America

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In the United States a variety of factors have shaped and continuously modified mental health policy: the changing composition of the population with severe mental disorders; concepts of the aetiology and nature of mental illnesses; shifting diagnostic systems; the organization and ideology of psychiatry; funding mechanisms; and existing popular, political, social, and professional attitudes and values. Equally significant has been the structure of the American political system, which divides authority between local, state, and national government.

Chapter.  6691 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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