Caregiving Families: A Critical Perspective of the Mental Health System

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(4), 267-268. The reviewer states that this book (see record 1996-97393-000)is a far-reaching, comprehensive review of issues that relate to the families of persons with serious mental illness, specifically schizophrenia, major depression, and bipolar disorder. Treating the family as a core of concern, Lefley systematically and thoroughly examines the history and background of family involvement, the psychological and economic consequences of mental illness in the family both within the family and within the community, and the current status of social involvement in influencing policy and implementing of services for persons with mental illness. In conclusion, the book provides a critical perspective of the family in all of the important areas of the mental health system without apology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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