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August 1964

Life Stress and Mental Health.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;11(2):224-226. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720260118018

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The purpose of the Midtown Project, as it was conceived and initiated by Dr. Thomas A. C. Rennie in the early 1950's, was to ". . . investigate the relationship between mental disorder and the sociocultural environment."

Mental Health in the Metropolis, the first volume of this Project, described the relationship of mental disorder to eight demographic factors, such as age, sex, and socioeconomic status. The major finding presented in the first volume was that socioeconomic status had a closer association to psychiatric impairment than any other demographic variable studied. In Life Stress and Mental Health, the second volume of the Project, authors, Langner and Michael, competently undertake the task of delineating some of those familial and community factors, assessed by them to be independent of socioeconomic status, which are associated with psychiatric impairment. This volume represents a major addition to the growing literature on social and community psychiatry. It underscores an

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