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Mental Health Services Research

  • Heinz Häfner

Abstract

More than any other component of the health care system, mental health services are exposed to the zeitgeist. There are three main reasons for that:
  1. (1)

    The conceptualization of some frequently occurring mental health problems, like minor psychiatric disorders, was subject to great variations due to a lack of precisely identifyable units and causes.

     
  2. (2)

    For a long time, the therapy of the majority of mental diseases had to do without a rational basis. It is still lacking a technology suited for stabilizing the institutions.

     
  3. (3)

    The significance of the social component in the care of psychiatric diseases forces psychiatrists to be opened to social networks and services. As a consequence psychiatry exposes itself to an increased competition with social professions and to the influence of social ideas.

     

Keywords

Mental Health Service Mental Hospital Community Psychiatry Mental Health Care System Social Profession 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinz Häfner
    • 1
  1. 1.Central Institute of Mental HealthMannheimGermany

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