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May 1958

Psychiatric Problems of a Rapidly Growing Suburb

Author Affiliations

Englewood, N. J.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;79(5):543-548. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340050071009

We have recently reported a study of the social-psychiatric aspects of pregnancy and childbearing.6 We noted a high incidence of socioeconomic mobility, suburban migration, and religious intermarriage in the social histories of our patient groups—both psychiatric maternity patients and a comparable group of psychiatric nonmaternity women patients of childbearing age—as compared with a control group of nonpsychiatric maternity patients. This led us to question whether generally there was a higher incidence of emotional disorders in young married people, and maternity patients in particular, associated with life in fast-growing suburban Bergen County, New Jersey.

There has been a revival of interest recently in social-psychiatric problems, since the classic studies of Landis and Page,10 Pollock,16 Hyde,7,8 Kardiner,9 and others. Opler,14 Seward,20 Redlich,17 Rennie,18 Faris,4 and their associates have reported on the relation between emotional disorders and social class, socioeconomic mobility, rural and

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