Social Support and Psychiatric Disorder: Research Findings and Guidelines for Clinical Practice

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T. S. Brugha
Cambridge University Press, Aug 24, 1995 - Medical - 349 pages
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This book collates and analyzes the information currently available on social support as it impacts on mental health. The international team of contributors covers a whole range of perspectives on mental illness, from biological mechanisms to psychological and social theory. The book begins with an overview of the latest published evidence and a description of the nature and origins of social support, which is followed by evidence from observational studies and specific interventions and trials. The text concludes with a summary that will act as a valuable resource to practitioners in their evaluation of social and psychological treatments and should also serve to stimulate further research and intervention trials. Practitioners and researchers in psychiatry, psychology and social work are certain to welcome this timely guide.
 

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Contents

overview of evidence TRAOLACH S BRUGHA
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PART I CONCEPTS AND ORIGINS OF SOCIAL SUPPORT
39
PART II LESSONS FROM SELECTED OBSERVATIONAL STUDIES
143
PART III LESSONS FROM INTERVENTION STUDIES
195
PART IV INTERVENTION PRINCIPLES AND RECOMMENDATIONS
277
Index
335
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