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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sheila Lahijani, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The life course approach to mental illness is primarily based on two perspectives: the psychological lifespan perspective and the developmental psychopathology perspective. This book uses these as a foundation to review the factors that influence mental health over a lifetime.
Purpose: Using an interdisciplinary approach, this book explores the life course epidemiology of mental illnesses with the goal of impacting policy and practice.
Audience: It is designed as an educational tool ideal for those in academia. Given its scope and didactic nature, it is a comprehensive resource for students, researchers, and clinicians alike.
Features: The book is divided into parts covering methodologies, developmental trajectories, environmental and social mechanisms, and the relationship between mental and physical disorders. Each of these parts is organized into chapters that systematically describe epidemiological factors as they relate to specific mental disorders. Additionally, existing information and methods related to life course epidemiology of mental disorders are reviewed. This is a remarkable feature of the book, as it familiarizes readers with the concepts. What distinguishes this book are the descriptions of study designs, life course perspectives, and discussions of epigenetics and cognitive. This book is clearly written and includes tables and figures to illustrate key points as well as summaries and references that help consolidate the information.
Assessment: This book is unprecedented in its presentation, depth, and purpose. It is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary initiative that examines the influence of social and biological factors on the development of mental disorders over a lifetime.