Notes on the Relevance of Sociology for Psychiatry in Latin America: The Case of Cali, Colombia

  • Carlos A. León


It is only in the last decades that Latin American countries have begun to design community mental health programs which represent an alternative to the traditional custodial model of psychiatric institutions. At present, several countries share a preoccupation to incorporate mental health plans into the general public health programs and it is precisely in this endeavor where social sciences may be particularly useful for better exploring the characteristics of populations, their attitudes, opinions and practices; their notions about mental disorders and their treatment; their demands to the services and the reciprocal expectations of the service providers.


Mental Disorder Social Mobility Family Cohesion Mental Health Plan Community Mental Health Program 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos A. León
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversidad del ValleCaliColombia

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