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Public Mental Health

William W. Eaton


Mental disorders are among the most prevalent sources of disease burden in the world. Increasing recognition of this burden has led to an explosion of scientific research as well as widespread public attention. Understanding causes and consequences of mental health and mental disorders from the perspective of public health involves unique methods and concepts from many disciplines, including population-based surveys in a life course framework. Prevention and control of mental disorders involves the design and execution of intervention trials to prevent disorder in individuals who are currently ... More

Keywords: mental disorders, disease burden, mental health, public health, prevention, control, brain, genes, life span, risk

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195390445
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390445.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William W. Eaton, editor
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Section I The Nature of Mental and Behavioral Disorders

1 The Burden of Mental Disorders

William W. Eaton, Pierre Alexandre, O. Joseph Bienvenu, Diana Clarke, Silvia S. Martins, Gerald Nestadt, and Benjamin Zablotsky

3 Global Mental Health Issues: Culture and Psychopathology

Judith K. Bass, William W. Eaton, Sharon Abramowitz, and Norman Sartorius

Section II Methods

4 Assessment of Distress, Disorder, Impairment, and Need in the Population

William W. Eaton, Ramin Mojtabai, Elizabeth A. Stuart, Jeannie-Marie S. Leoutsakos, and S. Janet Kuramoto

5 An Introduction to Quantitative Methods Especially Relevant for Public Mental Health

Elizabeth A. Stuart, Jeannie-Marie S. Leoutsakos, Alden L. Gross, S. Janet Kuramoto, and William W. Eaton

Section III Descriptive Epidemiology

6 The Population Dynamics of Mental Disorders

William W. Eaton, Pierre Alexandre, Ronald C. Kessler, Silvia S. Martins, Preben Bo Mortensen, George W. Rebok, Carla L. Storr, and Kimberly Roth

7 The Relationship of Adult Mental Disorders to Socioeconomic Status, Race/Ethnicity, Marital Status, and Urbanicity of Residence

Silvia S. Martins, Jean Ko, Sachiko Kuwabara, Diana Clarke, Pierre Alexandre, Peter Zandi, Tamar Mendelson, Preben Bo Mortensen, and William W. Eaton

Section IV Mechanisms of Risk

8 Genes as a Source of Risk for Mental Disorders

Peter P. Zandi, Holly C. Wilcox, Lulu Dong, Sandy Chon, and Brion Maher

9 Mental Disorders Across the Life Span and the Role of Executive Function Networks

Michelle C. Carlson, Dana Eldreth, Yi-Fang Chuang, and William W. Eaton

10 Models of Stress and Adapting to Risk: A Life Course, Developmental Perspective

Catherine P. Bradshaw, George W. Rebok, Benjamin Zablotsky, Lareina N. LaFlair, Tamar Mendelson, and William W. Eaton

11 Adapting to Acute Crisis

Carla L. Storr, Melissa Azur, Judith K. Bass, and Holly C. Wilcox

Section V The Behavioral Health Care Service System

13 American Mental Health Services: Perspective Through Care Patterns for 100 Adults, with Aggregate Facility, Service, and Cost Estimates

Ronald W. Manderscheid, Pierre Alexandre, Anita Everett, Philip Leaf, and Benjamin Zablotsky

15 Pathways to Care: Need, Attitudes, Barriers

Ramin Mojtabai, William W. Eaton, and Pallab K. Maulik

16 Mental Health Systems Around the World

Shekhar Saxena, Judith K. Bass, Anita Everett, William W. Eaton, and Atieh Novin

Section VI Prevention and The Future

17 The Logic and Practice of the Prevention of Mental Disorders

Tamar Mendelson, Elise T. Pas, Julie A. Leis, Catherine P. Bradshaw, George W. Rebok, and Wallace Mandell

18 Progress Made, but Much More to Be Done

Philip J. Leaf, Laysha Ostrow, Ronald W. Manderscheid, David L. Shern, and William W. Eaton

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