August 1968

Approaches to Mental Health Problems.

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By Cowen, Gardner, and Zax. Price, $9. Pp. 474. Appleton-Century-Crofts, 440 Park Ave S, New York, 1967.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(2):251-252. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740080123025

This publication of the Century Psychology Series is a product of an institute held at the University of Rochester and thus is a collection of articles by 28 contributors. It is organized after an "Introductory Chapter" into sections on Conceptualizations, Community Programs, New Approaches in Schools, and a concluding summary. On the whole it is a worthwhile volume with some specific and disturbing flaws.

The introduction reviews beliefs and practices about mental health. It underlines the overwhelming need for new approaches to a variety of problems. The part on Conceptualizations is loosely organized and deals with a critique of the medical model of mental illness, a review of manpower needs and an analysis of mental health needs of the poor. The group of chapters on Community Programs is most interesting and describes utilization of college students in state hospitals, training housewives as psychotherapists,

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