Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 71–94

Empowerment: An emerging mental health technology

  • Carolyn Swift
  • Gloria Levin

DOI: 10.1007/BF01695019

Cite this article as:
Swift, C. & Levin, G. J Primary Prevent (1987) 8: 71. doi:10.1007/BF01695019


This paper addresses the theory and practice of empowerment as an emerging mental health technology, as well as its relationship to prevention. The paper begins with a discussion of the increasing interest in empowerment by preventionists. Definitional issues are then considered; in this context the disparate philosophical world views of empowerment and prevention are outlined. Next, attention is directed to emprowerment in practice. This section is followed by a discussion of possible roles for professionals in empowerment activities. The paper ends with a note of caution to mental health professionals who plan to use the emerging technology of empowerment.

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© Human Sciences Press 1987

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  • Carolyn Swift
  • Gloria Levin

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