© 1979

Social Change, Stress and Mental Health in the Pearl of the Alps

A Systemic Study of a Village Process


Part of the Monographien aus dem Gesamtgebiete der Psychiatrie book series (PSYCHIATRIE, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Conceptual Framework and the Methods of Investigation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gottlieb Guntern
      Pages 2-13
    3. Gottlieb Guntern
      Pages 14-27
    4. Gottlieb Guntern
      Pages 28-39
  3. Development From an Isolated Mountain Village to an International Tourist Resort: Sociological and Socio-Psychological Aspects of the Village Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Gottlieb Guntern
      Pages 42-115
    3. Gottlieb Guntern
      Pages 116-122
  4. Social Change and Stress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Gottlieb Guntern
      Pages 168-174
    3. Gottlieb Guntern
      Pages 175-175
  5. Stress Indicators Observed in 1970: Physical and Mental Health Aspects of the Village Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Gottlieb Guntern
      Pages 178-218
    3. Gottlieb Guntern
      Pages 219-248
    4. Gottlieb Guntern
      Pages 249-263
    5. Gottlieb Guntern
      Pages 264-276
    6. Gottlieb Guntern
      Pages 277-289
    7. Gottlieb Guntern
      Pages 290-294
    8. Gottlieb Guntern
      Pages 295-296
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 297-316

About this book


I first became acquainted with Dr. Gottlieb Guntern's work at several scientific symposia and was impressed by the way he combined originality and imagination with the proper use of careful, multidisciplinary epidemiologic approaches. Dr. Guntern has attacked some of the cardinal aspects of the consequences, in terms of health, well.being. and social function, of rapid social change in an originally isolated rural community - a phenomenon that is occurring at an accelerating rate in developing, as well as in developed, countries. This worldwide problem is approached by Dr. Guntern in a holistic manner. Health and social function are seen as integrated elements of human existence and are studied accordingly. His analysis of social events and their consequences for health and well­ being in a small Alpine village can serve as a paradigm for the study of the process of social change and its various consequences elsewhere. In view of the problem's importance and being impressed by the thoroughness and ingenuity of Dr. Guntern's multifaceted approach, I encouraged him to make the study available to an international readership. Dr. Guntern's book is warmly recommended not only to epidemiologists, sociologists, anthropologists, and psychiatrists, but also to all those interested in psychosocial and psychosocially induced problems in today's and tomorrow's environments. Lennard Levi, M.D.


Dorf Gesellschaftliche Entwicklung Saas Fee /Gesellschaft, Sozialwissenschaften Saas Fee /Medizin, Gesundheitswesen medicine psychosomatic medicine psychosomatische Medizin social change somatische Medizin stress

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Psychiatrie Oberwallis und Psychosomatische AbteilungOberwalliser KreisspitalBrig-GlisSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Social Change, Stress and Mental Health in the Pearl of the Alps
  • Book Subtitle A Systemic Study of a Village Process
  • Authors G. Guntern
  • Series Title Monographien aus dem Gesamtgebiete der Psychiatrie
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-09631-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-88193-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-88191-6
  • Series ISSN 0077-0671
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 316
  • Number of Illustrations 19 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medicine/Public Health, general
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