Primary Prevention: Insights for Rehabilitation Psychology

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The enormous gap between the number of persons suffering from mental disorders and the number of professionals available to help them is so large that it may never be bridged. This situation demands intensified efforts at primary prevention of disturbance and disability. Proponents of this position encounter opposition from those who benefit from the status quo featuring this medical model. But the field appears to be moving inexorably toward a new model of health and illness, a model that demands social change, personal responsibility for health, and the importance of support systems and networks.

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