World Mental Health Casebook: Social and Mental Health Programs in Low-Income Countries / Edition 1

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Overview

In 1974, the World Health Organization began research on the effectiveness of mental health services in the developing world. Through their efforts they found that treatment methods were extremely limited in their usefulness and, in some cases, even inappropriate and harmful.

Little has changed in the last quarter century, but the research in these countries has shown that psychological need often stems from poor physical conditions. Elements including social and economical inequalities, gender discrimination, political violence and malnutrition and poor physical health all contribute to the social and psychological decay of both individuals and communities.

Currently, the goal of the WHO is to document previous studies on communities of developing countries and to build on this information in order to move forward in research. Using real cases based in the South Pacific, Asia, South and Latin America and Europe, this volume sets out examples of community-based interventions that have succeeded by implementing :

  • outreach to the families and community to identify those in need;
  • reliable and adequate drug supplies;
  • treatment interventions;
  • healthy psychosocial environments.

This book will interest mental health professionals, international public health workers, global program administrators, and clinicians and healthcare workers, all working with low-income areas.

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Focusing on the condition of mental health services in developing countries, this book presents examples of community-based efforts which have successfully identified those in need of service, maintained adequate and reliable drug supplies, implemented treatment interventions, and promoted healthy psychosocial environments. Chapters consider programs in China, Peru, Mexico, Nepal, India, Trieste, Fiji, and Hong Kong. Contributors include psychiatrists, psychologists, anthropologists, doctors, nurses, and social workers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"This book is … on mental health from a global perspective. … the book provides a welcome break from the mainstream psychiatric literature in its effort to document mental health issues relevant to the vast majority of the world’s population living in low- and middle-income countries. … I enjoyed reading this book … . I recommend this book to anyone interested in the evaluation of mental health-care programs in developing countries." (Vikram Patel, Transcultural Psychiatry, Vol. 41 (2), June, 2004)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306467325
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 4/30/2002
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; A. Cohen, A. Kleinman. Introduction; A. Cohen, et al. 1. Rehabilitation of Schizophrenia Patients in China: The Shanghai Model; D. Chang, et al. 2. Enhancing Adherence: The Role of Group Psychotherapy in the Treatment of MDR-TB in Urban Peru; A. Sweetland, et al. 3. Mental Health Promoter Training with Guatemalan Refugee Women in Mexico City and the Camps of Southern Mexico; D.L. Billings, I. Sáenz. 4. Mental Health Services in Primary Care: The Case of Nepal; S. Acland. 5. 'Our Lives Were Covered in Darkness': The Work of the National Literacy Mission in Northern India; A. Cohen. 6. The Risk of Freedom: Mental Health Services in Trieste; A. Cohen, B. Saraceno. 7. Indigenous Models for Attenuation of Postpartum Depression: Case Studies from Fiji and Hong Kong; A.E. Becker, D.T.S. Lee. About the Contributors. Index

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