Public Mental Health

Public Mental Health

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Mental disorders are among the most prevalent sources of disease burden in the world. Increasing recognition of this burden has led to an explosion of scientific research as well as widespread public attention. Understanding causes and consequences of mental health and mental disorders from the perspective of public health involves unique methods and concepts from many disciplines, including population-based surveys in a life course framework. Prevention and control of mental disorders involves design and execution of intervention trials to prevent disorder in individuals who are currently healthy, and to minimize future consequences for those with current disorder or a history of disorder. Interventions of this type are important because good mental health protects against onset of a variety of mental disorders, as well as being a valued outcome in itself. The complexity of the brain and its relationship to social life requires concepts, methods, and syntheses that are new for epidemiology and public health. Public Mental Health provides a comprehensive introduction and reference for the public health approach to mental and behavioral disorders, and to promotion of mental health. The volume's chapter authors and coauthors are drawn from the internationally renowned faculty of the Department of Mental Health of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a department uniquely positioned to create this important resource for researchers, students, and public health practitioners. The volume explicates the latest methodologies for studying the occurrence of mental disorders in populations and provides estimates of burden, cultural differences, natural history, and disparities between population subgroups. It includes reviews of genes as sources of risk for mental disorders, the occurrence of stresses and their timing over the life span, and crises and disasters as sources of risk. The book includes chapters on the structure and functioning of the mental health service system in the United States, and around the world, and a comprehensive review of population-based strategies of intervention to lower risk. A final chapter lays out a path for the evolution of public mental health in the more

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  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 177.8 x 256.54 x 48.26mm | 1,133.98g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 51 line-cuts and 5 half-tones
  • 019539044X
  • 9780195390445
  • 2,007,839

About William W. Eaton

William W. Eaton, PhD, is Sylvia and Harold Halpert Professor and Chair of the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public more

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IN THIS rather chunky volume, William Eaton and colleagues make an impressive stab at summarising the current state and knowledge of public mental health internationally- a topic which may be unfamiliar to many but is moving ever nearer to the forefront of public health. The book begins at the very beginning (a very good place to start) with a section that reviews the symptoms and prevalence of many major mental health disorders - making it possible for even the uninitiated to pick up the book and quickly get a feel for the topic... While this book would be a worthy additional reference text on the shelves of even the most well versed of public mental health specialists, it is also written in such a way as to gently lead a novice through this rather fascinating but unfamiliar field. * Public Health Today, March 2013 * The strengths of this text are extensive. The book never loses sight of prevention as the ultimate goal in public health and as the ideal future for the field. The cultural aspects that are so often neglected in the literature are comprehensively discussed in an opening chapter and referenced throughout. The epidemiologic models that frame each chapter are at the forefront of current research, particularly the use of the life-course approach. Finally, the sections and chapters are well coordinated, with little overlap or redundancy. * American Journal of Epidemiology, Feb 2013 * The book is well structured, moving logically through initial chapters on the nature of so-called mental disorder through to its prevention latterly. ...those also functioning in the realm of public health medicine will find the title of great usefulness. * Occupational Medicine 21/06/2013 *show more

Table of contents

SECTION I: THE NATURE OF MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS ; 1. The Burden of Mental Disorders ; William W. Eaton, Pierre Alexandre, O. Joseph Bienvenu, Diana Clarke, Silvia S. Martins, Gerald Nestadt, Benjamin Zablotsky ; 2. The Perspectives of Psychiatry: The Public Health Approach ; Paul McHugh ; 3. Global Mental Health Issues: Culture and Psychopathology ; Judith K. Bass, William W. Eaton, Sharon Abramowitz, Norman Sartorius ; SECTION II: METHODS ; 4. Assessment of Distress, Disorder, Impairment and Need in the Population ; William W. Eaton, Ramin Mojtabai, Elizabeth A. Stuart, Jeannie-Marie S. Leoutsakos, S. Janet Kuramoto ; 5. An Introduction to Quantitative Methods Especially Relevant for Public Mental Health ; Elizabeth A. Stuart, Jeannie-Marie Sheppard Leoutsakos, Alden L. Gross, S. Janet Kuramoto, William W. Eaton ; SECTION III: DESCRIPTIVE EPIDEMIOLOGY ; 6. The Population Dynamics of Mental Disorders ; William W. Eaton, Pierre Alexandre, Ronald C. Kessler, Silvia S. Martins, Preben Bo Mortensen, George W. Rebok, Carla Storr, Kim Roth ; 7. The Relationship of Adult Mental Disorders to Race, Socioeconomic Status, Marital Status, and Urbanicity of Residence ; Silvia S. Martins, Jean Ko, Sachiko Kuwabara, Diana Clarke, Pierre Alexandre, Peter Zandi, Tamar Mendelson, Preben Bo Mortensen, William W. Eaton ; SECTION IV: MECHANISMS OF RISK ; 8. Genes as a Source of Risk for Mental Disorders ; Peter P. Zandi, Brion Maher ; 9. Mental Disorders Across the Life Span and the Role of Executive Function Networks ; Michelle C. Carlson, Dana Eldreth, Yi-Fang Chuang ; 10. Models of Stress and Adapting To Risk: A Life-Course, Developmental Perspective ; Catherine P. Bradshaw, George W. Rebok, Benjamin Zablotsky, Lareina N. LaFlair, Tamar Mendelson, William W. Eaton ; 11. Adapting To Acute Crisis ; Carla L. Storr, Melissa Azur, Judith K. Bass, Holly C. Wilcox ; SECTION V: THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE SERVICE SYSTEM ; 12. Mental Health and the Law ; Deborah Agus ; 13. American Mental Health Services: Perspective through Care Patterns for 100 Adults, With Aggregate Facility, Service and Cost Estimates ; Ronald W. Manderscheid, Pierre Alexandre, Anita Everett, Phillip Leaf ; 14. Community and Public Mental Health Services in the US: History And Programs ; Anita Everett, Su Yeon Lee ; 15. Pathways to Care: Need, Attitudes, Barriers ; Ramin Mojtabai, William W. Eaton, Pallab K. Maulik ; 16. Mental Health Systems around The World ; Shekhar Saxena, Judith Bass, Anita Everett, William Eaton, Atieh Novin ; SECTION VI: PREVENTION AND THE FUTURE ; 17. The Logic and Practice of the Prevention of Mental Disorders ; Tamar Mendelson, Elise T. Pas, Julie A. Leis, Catherine P. Bradshaw, George W. Rebok, Wallace Mandell ; 18. Progress Made, But Much More to Be Done ; Phillip Leaf, Laysha Ostrow, Ronald W. Manderscheid, David L. Shern, William W. Eatonshow more

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