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September 1968

Resignations Among Professional Mental Health Leaders: A Study of a Mild Epidemic

Author Affiliations

Portland, Ore
From the Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(3):266-280. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740090010002

Discussions by:

Herbert H. Aptekar, PhD, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass

William H. Key, PhD, The Menninger Foundation, University of Denver, Denver, Colo.

Arthur L. Kobler, PhD, clinical psychologist, Seattle

IN MARCH, 1966, I learned that several leaders of community mental health programs in the state of Oregon had resigned within the previous six months. The leaders were, for the most part, directors of community mental health clinics (eight); another was director of the State Mental Health Division.

The present paper is composed primarily of an analysis and discussion by three behavioral scientists of interviews with most of these leaders and an additional group of mental health leaders who had not resigned. There is also a section of concluding comments.

No available statistics exist on the baserate of resignations of mental health leaders. Therefore, there is no valid way of deciding if the series

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