[Hpn] Yet Another Item: Role of Social Disadvantage in Crime, Joblessness, and Homelessness Among Persons With Serious Mental Illness; Psychiatric Services, May 2002

Morgan W. Brown Morgan W. Brown" <morganbrown@gmail.com
Mon, 29 Nov 2004 09:04:18 -0500


My apologies for this additional e-mail, however I simply could not
resist sending this final item along, as it is equally important in my
opinion:

Psychiatric Services, May 2002
Role of Social Disadvantage in Crime, Joblessness, and Homelessness
Among Persons With Serious Mental Illness:
http://ps.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/53/5/565

-- "Abstract: Research on mental illness in relation to social
problems such as crime, unemployment, and homelessness often ignores
the broader social context in which mental illness is embedded.
Policy, research, and practice will be improved if greater attention
is given to social context. The authors critically analyze the
approach used in much of the psychiatric services literature to infer
links between mental illness and social problems. They compare these
studies with studies that have been more validly conceptualized to
account for social context. With this broader perspective, the impact
of mental illness on crime, unemployment, and homelessness appears to
be much smaller than that implied by much of the psychiatric services
literature. Poverty moderates the relationship between serious mental
illness and social problems. Factors related to poverty include lack
of education, problems with employment, substance abuse, and a low
likelihood of prosocial attachments. This relationship is often
complicated and is not amenable to simple explanations. Research and
policy that take this complexity into account may lead to greater
effectiveness in interventions for persons with serious mental
illness."

Morgan <morganbrown@gmail.com>
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier Vermont USA
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