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Introduction

Culture, Stratification, and Social Psychiatry
  • Rumi Kato Price
  • Brent Mack Shea
  • Keith S. Murray
  • David J. Hilditch
Part of the Topics in Social Psychiatry book series (TSPS)

Abstract

The study of mental health and illness encompasses many disciplines, including psychiatry, psychology, social work, public health, nursing, anthropology, and sociology. Researchers in social psychiatry study diverse topics: the spread and distribution of psychiatric and substance use disorders in different populations; social and cultural factors in mental disease etiology; the organization, financing, and delivery of mental health care services; the social and cultural aspects of psychiatric and mental health practices; and people’s attitudes, beliefs, and social representations regarding mental health, illness, substance abuse, disability, and mental health care providers and organizations. Social psychiatry thus is commonly conceived of as a subfield within the broad field of mental health and illness, with concepts, theories, and methods derived primarily from the social and behavioral sciences.

Keywords

Mental Health Mental Illness Mental Health Problem Mental Health Care Service Social Psychiatry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rumi Kato Price
    • 1
  • Brent Mack Shea
    • 2
  • Keith S. Murray
    • 1
  • David J. Hilditch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryWashington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anthropology and SociologySweet Briar CollegeSweet BriarUSA

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