The Challenges of Mental Health Caregiving

Research • Practice • Policy

  • Ronda C. Talley
  • Gregory L. Fricchione
  • Benjamin G. Druss

Part of the Caregiving: Research • Practice • Policy book series (CARE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Ronda C Talley, Gregory L Fricchione, Benjamin G Druss
    Pages 1-12
  3. Developmental Issues in Mental Health Caregiving

  4. The Mental Health Caregiving Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. William R. Beardslee, Tracy R.G. Gladstone
      Pages 83-102
  5. Local, State, and National Issues Effecting Caregivers and Mental Health Caregiving

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Thomas R. Smith, Mary G. Milano
      Pages 161-177
  6. Issues in Policy and Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Michael J. English, David de Voursney, Kana Enomoto
      Pages 181-203
    3. Elizabeth A. Crocco, Carl Eisdorfer
      Pages 205-221
  7. Conclusions

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 231-234

About this book


Caring for the ill, disabled, very old, or very young requires a labor-intensive commitment that is not only essential to the well-being of individuals and to society as a whole, but also fraught with physical, financial, and psychological risks. And despite the critical nature of their job, caregivers rarely have avenues of support.


The Challenges of Mental Health Caregiving addresses the complexities of the situation with uncommon depth and breadth. Suited to researchers, scientist-practitioners and clinicians, and students seeking a rounded understanding of the field, it examines how caregiving affects the lives, work, and mental health of family and professional caregivers. Chapters explore developmental, cultural, and spiritual contexts of care, addressing ongoing concerns about care in relation to larger health systems and emphasizing the need for care to be viewed as a community, rather than an individual or family experience. Further, the book's conclusion strongly advocates for more effective and efficient uses for available funds and resources while offering workable proposals for service improvements at the policy level.


Key areas of coverage:


  • The impact of caregiving on physical and mental health.
  • Integrating mental health and primary care.
  • The promotion of positive mental health outcomes in children and youth.
  • Mid-life concerns and caregiver experience.
  • Loss, grief, bereavement and the implications for mental health caregiving.
  • Policy issues in caregiving and mental health.


The Challenges of Mental Health Caregiving is a clear-sighted reference for researchers, clinicians and scientist-practitioners, and graduate students in the caregiving fields, including clinical psychology, social work, public health/medicine, geriatrics/gerontology, public policy, and educational policy.



Caregiving research Chronic mental illness and primary care Cultural considerations in caregiving and mental illness Developmental Issues in mental health caregiving Integrating mental health and primary care Life issues and mental health Loss, grief, and bereavement in caring for the mentally ill Midlife concerns and caregiving experiences Physical and mental health of caregivers Policy implications and mental health Positive mental health outcomes in adolescents Positive mental health outcomes in children Preventing mental illness Promoting mental health Spirituality and mental illness Systems of caregiving

Editors and affiliations

  • Ronda C. Talley
    • 1
  • Gregory L. Fricchione
    • 2
  • Benjamin G. Druss
    • 3
  1. 1.Western Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA
  2. 2.Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Dept. Health Policy and Management Behavioral Sciences and Health EducationEmory University Rollins School of Public HealthAtlantaUSA

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