Mental Health in Historical Perspective

Preventing Mental Illness

Past, Present and Future

Editors: Kritsotaki, Despo, Long, Vicky, Smith, Matthew (Eds.)

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  • Explores how societies have attempted to prevent mental illness during the twentieth century, addressing a gap in the historiography and spurring further debate about prevention today
  • Presents a diverse range of preventative strategies from from North America and Europe
  • Demonstrates that preventive psychiatry has not always been particularly positive or progressive
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This book provides an overview of a diverse array of preventive strategies relating to mental illness, and identifies their achievements and shortcomings. The chapters in this collection illustrate how researchers, clinicians and policy makers drew inspiration from divergent fields of knowledge and practice: from eugenics, genetics and medication to mental hygiene, child guidance, social welfare, public health and education; from risk management to radical and social psychiatry, architectural design and environmental psychology. It highlights the shifting patterns of biological, social and psychodynamic models, while adopting a gender perspective and considering professional developments as well as changing social and legal contexts, including deinstitutionalisation and social movements. Through vigorous research, the contributors demonstrate that preventive approaches to mental health have a long history, and point to the conclusion that it might well be possible to learn from such historical attempts. The book also explores which of these approaches are worth considering in future and which are best confined to the past. Within this context, the book aims at stoking and informing debate and conversation about how to prevent mental illness and improve mental health in the years to come.

Chapters 3, 10, and 12 of this book are available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at link.springer.com

About the authors

Despo Kritsotaki is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Crete, Greece.  

 

Vicky Long is Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century British History at Newcastle University, UK.

 

Matthew Smith is Professor of Health History at the University of Strathclyde, UK.


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-38

    Smith, Matthew (et al.)

  • Imagination and the Prevention of Violence: Fredric Wertham, Mass Media and Mental Hygiene, 1946–1958

    Pages 39-60

    Doyle, Dennis

  • ‘They May Strike Back at Society in a Vengeful Manner’: Preventing the Psychological Scars of Acne in Post-war America

    Pages 61-85

    Ferguson, Iain

  • Preventing Mental Illness, Preventing Delinquency: Juvenile Justice and Child Psychiatry in Post-war America

    Pages 87-109

    Lux, Erin J.

  • Social and Mental Hygiene: Models of Mental Illness Prevention in Twentieth-Century Greece (1900–1980)

    Pages 111-130

    Kritsotaki, Despo

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Preventing Mental Illness
Book Subtitle
Past, Present and Future
Editors
  • Despo Kritsotaki
  • Vicky Long
  • Matthew Smith
Series Title
Mental Health in Historical Perspective
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98699-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98699-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98698-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07522-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 292
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