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Preventing Mental Illness

Past, Present and Future

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Explores how societies have attempted to prevent mental illness during the twentieth century, addressing a gap in the historiography and spurring further debate about prevention today

  • Presents a diverse range of preventative strategies from from North America and Europe

  • Demonstrates that preventive psychiatry has not always been particularly positive or progressive

Part of the book series: Mental Health in Historical Perspective (MHHP)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    • Matthew Smith, Vicky Long, Oonagh Walsh, Despo Kritsotaki
    Pages 1-38
  3. American Psychiatry in Transition: Reform or Revolution?

    • Lucas Richert, Matthew DeCloedt
    Pages 187-207
  4. Preventing Male Mental Illness in Post-war Britain

    • Ali Haggett
    Pages 257-280Open Access
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 281-292

About this book

This book provides an overview of a diverse array of preventive strategies relating to mental illness, and identifies their achievements and shortcomings. The chapters in this collection illustrate how researchers, clinicians and policy makers drew inspiration from divergent fields of knowledge and practice: from eugenics, genetics and medication to mental hygiene, child guidance, social welfare, public health and education; from risk management to radical and social psychiatry, architectural design and environmental psychology. It highlights the shifting patterns of biological, social and psychodynamic models, while adopting a gender perspective and considering professional developments as well as changing social and legal contexts, including deinstitutionalisation and social movements. Through vigorous research, the contributors demonstrate that preventive approaches to mental health have a long history, and point to the conclusion that it might well be possible to learn from such historical attempts. The book also explores which of these approaches are worth considering in future and which are best confined to the past. Within this context, the book aims at stoking and informing debate and conversation about how to prevent mental illness and improve mental health in the years to come. 

Chapters 3, 10, and 12 of this book are available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Prevention rather than cure
  • Mental health professionals
  • Policy makers
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Health Service
  • Welfare
  • Mental hygiene
  • Childhood
  • Illness, disease
  • Psychiatry
  • Eugenics

Reviews

“This engaging volume will be of interest to historians, interdisciplinary health researchers, policymakers, and mental health professionals alike —all who would benefit from learning about the seldom heard lessons of past endeavors. This important work will help to redress the gap in the historiography of preventive approaches to mental health that has largely been overlooked.” (Verusca Calabria, H-Net Reviews Humanities and Social Sciences, networks.h-net.org, October, 2020)


Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of History and Archaeology, University of Crete, Rethymno, Crete, Greece

    Despo Kritsotaki

  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

    Vicky Long

  • Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

    Matthew Smith

About the editors

Despo Kritsotaki is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Crete, Greece.  

 

Vicky Long is Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century British History at Newcastle University, UK.

 

Matthew Smith is Professor of Health History at the University of Strathclyde, UK.


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  • Readable on all devices
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Softcover Book
USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)