October 1966

Education for Positive Mental Health. A Review of Existing Research and Recommendations for Further Studies.

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By James A. Davis, PhD. Price, $6.95. Pp 192. Aldine Publishing Co., 320 W Adams St, Chicago 60606, 1966.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(4):445. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730160109023

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As the title implies the author has not been engaged in new empirical studies. Under a grant from Pennsylvania Mental Health, Inc, to the National Opinion Research Council (NORC) the author has surveyed the existing literature on mental health and mental health education to the end of making recommendations. The author surveyed the "technically satisfactory" literature and his research became a highly valued analysis of the propositions included, leading to conclusions and recommendations. The book is packed with many cogent details and ends in a summary as follows: "Rather, the major problem appears to be this: mental health educators have little or nothing specific and practical to tell the public. In stark generalizations: "

  1. (1) The so-called principles of mental hygiene are vague slogans rather than strategies of behavior which can be put into practice. "

  2. (2) The task of research finding is to challenge existing beliefs

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