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July 1972

The Education of the Mental Health Researcher: Encouraging Potential Development in Man

Author Affiliations

Bethesda, Md
From the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Md.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1972;27(1):15-25. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1972.01750250009001

The importance of emphasizing research, and the problems of research training, its goals, the groups involved, the content and implementation of a training program, and its appropriate settings are dealt with in this paper. The goals are considered within the context of the Jamesian theme—how to obtain a greater use of the potentialities of men.

Discussed are the four major problems in the field of mental health: (1) provision of the proper theoretical model, (2) reduction in status differentiations among the groups involved, (3) optimal training for all personnel in any way to be associated with research, and (4) the possible reorganization of the professions. A general program for research training, in terms of both substance and methodology, is proposed, with the assumption that each discipline or group would provide the specific program best designed for its own needs.