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June 1978

Epidemiology of Mental Disorders: Emerging Trends in the United States

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, Yale University School of Medicine, and the Depression Research Unit, Connecticut Mental Health Center, New Haven, Conn (Dr Weissman), and the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration, Rockville, Md, and the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard University Medical School, and the Stanley Cobb Psychiatric Research Laboratories, Boston (Dr Klerman).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1978;35(6):705-712. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1978.01770300047005

• Psychiatric epidemiology in the United States currently is being influenced by developments in genetics, psychopharmacology, neurobiology, and particularly psychopathology after the heavy influences of the social sciences during the post-World War II period. The integration of recent scientific developments in psychiatry, with the methodological precision that characterized the earlier studies of the 50s and 60s promises to provide new knowledge on the epidemiology of mental disorders in the community, which will have important implications both for professional practices in medicine and public health and for public policy in the planning of mental health services, training, and research.

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