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Mental illness and the economy,

Author: M Harvey Brenner
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1973.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study describes the inverse relation between the state of the economy and mental illness that is brought to a level of social visibility. The factual basis for the relation involves fluctuations in mental hospitalization levels and rates and fluctuations in the employment index in New York State. Economic instability is found to be one of the most pervasive and continuous sources of stress in industrialized  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M Harvey Brenner
ISBN: 0674568753 9780674568754
OCLC Number: 1029395036
Notes: Based on the author's thesis, issued under title "Economic conditions and mental illness", Yale University, 1967.
Description: xxiv, 287 pages illustrations 24 cm
Contents: The problem and its setting --
Methodological issues and strategies --
Mental illness and the economy --
Long-term trends and the basic relation, 1850-1967 --
Stability of the basic relation --
Impact of economic change on mental-hospital admissions --
Social stress and the extent of economic loss --
Economic change and role performance --
Interpretations of the general relation --
Economic change and the structure of psychiatric care --
Conclusions and implications.
Responsibility: by M. Harvey Brenner.

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This study describes the inverse relation between the state of the economy and mental illness that is brought to a level of social visibility. The factual basis for the relation involves fluctuations in mental hospitalization levels and rates and fluctuations in the employment index in New York State. Economic instability is found to be one of the most pervasive and continuous sources of stress in industrialized society. The findings place many of the problems of mental illness clearly within the area of social policy. Decisions affecting the economy at the national, regional, or state levels have profound implications for the management of severe mental disorder. Decisions which lead toward stabilizing economic activity and reducing unemployment tend to stabilize the society and effect a substantive control on the severity of mental disorder. Economic decisions or factors which increase instability and unemployment sharply increase the level and rate of mental hospitalization. -- from Preface.

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