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Mental illness and the economy / M. Harvey Brenner.


Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1973.
ISBN 9780674568754, 0674568753

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Subjects Economic history.
Économie politique -- New York (État)
Maladies mentales -- New York (État)
Mental Disorders -- epidemiology.
Mental Disorders -- etiology.
Mental illness -- New York (State)
Mental illness.
New York (State)
New York (State) -- Economic conditions.
Psychiatrie sociale -- New York (État)
Social psychiatry -- New York (State)
Social psychiatry.
Socioeconomic Factors.
Description xxiv, 287 pages illustrations 24 cm
Copyright Date 1973.
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Also issued online.
Summary This study describes the inverse relation between the state of the economy and mental illness that is brought to a level of social visibility. The factual basis for the relation involves fluctuations in mental hospitalization levels and rates and fluctuations in the employment index in New York State. Economic instability is found to be one of the most pervasive and continuous sources of stress in industrialized society. The findings place many of the problems of mental illness clearly within the area of social policy. Decisions affecting the economy at the national, regional, or state levels have profound implications for the management of severe mental disorder. Decisions which lead toward stabilizing economic activity and reducing unemployment tend to stabilize the society and effect a substantive control on the severity of mental disorder. Economic decisions or factors which increase instability and unemployment sharply increase the level and rate of mental hospitalization. -- from Preface.
Contents The problem and its setting -- Methodological issues and strategies -- Mental illness and the economy -- Long-term trends and the basic relation, 1850-1967 -- Stability of the basic relation -- Impact of economic change on mental-hospital admissions -- Social stress and the extent of economic loss -- Economic change and role performance -- Interpretations of the general relation -- Economic change and the structure of psychiatric care -- Conclusions and implications.
Geographic Area New York (State)
Network Numbers (OCoLC)776293
(OCoLC)ocm00776293
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WorldCat Identities Brenner, M. Harvey 1939-
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