Handbook of Mental Health and Mental Disorder among Black Americans

Handbook of Mental Health and Mental Disorder among Black Americans

Handbook of Mental Health and Mental Disorder among Black Americans

Handbook of Mental Health and Mental Disorder among Black Americans

Synopsis

"This handbook brings together crucial information related to mental illness among black Americans by examining the impact of social structures and conditions on the mental health of blacks." Choice

Excerpt

James P. Comer

Historically, Western social and behavioral scientists have focused largely on the individual as the major source of psychological and social dysfunction or impaired mental health. Such a focus facilitated a political and economic system that valued individuality highly. But it caused social and behavioral scientists and social policy-makers alike to ignore the power of social structures and practices and their impact on individual behavior. Several efforts have been made to move the discipline to a broader and more interactive perspective, but these have had limited success.

The positive mental health movement attempted to move us away from an almost exclusive focus on psychopathology. Social and community psychiatry directly called our attention to the impact of social structures and practices, but a discipline driven by research and treatment income--and continued political imperatives--has not been eager to pay significant attention. For this reason, social and community psychiatry never amounted to much more than local and more flexible approaches to the treatment of individuals or small groups. in the last decade there has been a powerful movement away from social and community approaches and toward an intense interest in the biological roots and causes of impaired mental health.

Because of the unique status of minorities in this country--probably more than any other factor--the question of the role of social structures and practices in individual behavior will not go away. Minority mental health theorists, researchers, and practitioners share experiences and interest with minority clients in a way that is both insightful and challenging. the level and kind of pathology, identification issues, and social problems reflective of a low level of mental health found among minority populations will not permit minority mental health . . .

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