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The Community: Twentieth-Century Studies

  • John J. Schwab
  • Mary E. Schwab
Part of the Topics in General Psychiatry book series (TGPS)

Abstract

Studies of the social correlates of mental illness, as we have seen, produced some important results. Consistently, lower socioeconomic status (SES) was found to be associated with a high frequency of mental disorder, and usually the distribution of mental illness followed certain sociological patterns. But how adverse social conditions etiologically relate to mental illness or even explain the observed distributions are still unanswered questions. Intensive studies of communities offered opportunities for investigating the nature and extent of the associations between social and cultural processes and mental health and illness. In this chapter we will look at some of these studies.

Keywords

Mental Disorder Mental Illness Psychiatric Disorder Personality Disorder Mental Deficiency 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • John J. Schwab
    • 1
  • Mary E. Schwab
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA
  2. 2.Massachusetts Mental Health CenterBostonUSA

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