Toward a New Definition of Health

Psychosocial Dimensions

  • Paul I. Ahmed
  • George V. Coelho

Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Dimensions of Health and Illness: Toward an Integrated Model

  3. Psychosocial Factors in Disease: Some Specific Examples

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-133
    2. James S. House, Mark F. Jackman
      Pages 135-158
    3. William A. O’Connor, Paul I. Ahmed
      Pages 159-173
    4. Jonas Robitscher
      Pages 191-229
  4. Health Needs of Special Groups: Some Specific Examples

  5. Methodology for Health Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-335
    2. Rudolf H. Moos
      Pages 337-360
    3. William A. O’Connor, Deidre S. Klassen, Karen S. O’Connor
      Pages 361-387
    4. Paul I. Ahmed, Aliza Kolker
      Pages 389-399
  6. Implications for Practitioners and Policy Planners

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 401-404
    2. Rosalynn Carter
      Pages 405-409
    3. Peter G. Bourne
      Pages 443-455
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 457-470

About this book


It is generally recognized today that the United States has a need to contri­ bute to the improvement of health throughout the world. The need stems from the interrelationships that exist between the health of Americans and the health status of the rest of the people on "Spaceship Earth." Disease does not respect national boundaries, and the frequency of travel and trade between countries increases each year. It further relates to the opportunities found in international settings to help solve health problems more effec­ tively and efficiently. This includes the unique human resources that are found throughout the world as well as certain natural ecological conditions that cannot be duplicated in the United States. The United States also has a responsibility to contribute to improved health status. Our tradition of humanitarianism alone supports such a re­ sponsibility, but our comparative wealth of technical and financial re­ sources dictates a requirement to participate. Modern political realities de­ fine relationships between developed and developing countries that will not allow us to isolate ourselves from the compelling health needs of a majority of the world's population.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Paul I. Ahmed
    • 1
    • 2
  • George V. Coelho
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Health, Education, and WelfareU.S Office of International HealthRockvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health EducationUniversity College, University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  3. 3.National Institute of Mental HealthRockvilleUSA

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