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Volume 3, Issue 4 (1974)

The Primary Prevention of Mental Illness: A Sociological Perspective

pp. 12—19

Community mental health is very much with us. It has been regarded as the “third psychiatric revolution” (Bellak, 1964)) as an essentially modest change in emphasis and redeployment of resources (Wittington, 1965)) as yet another poorly conceptualized and unresearched “psychiatric bandwagon” (Dunham, 1967 ; Burrows, 1969)) and as a potential mechanism of social control or political surveillance (Kenniston, 1968 ; Leifer, 1969). The fact is that, as of January 1971, the federal government has given construction and/or staffing grants to 415 centers (U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1971). This underscores the truth of Schulberg and Baker’s (1969) characterization of community mental health as the “belief system of the 1960’s”.

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