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Newton, K.M. (1963). An Approach to Community Mental Health, by Gerald Caplan. London, Tavistock, 1961. pp. ix + 262. 25s. New York, Grune & Stratton. $4.50.. J. Anal. Psychol., 8(1):90-91.
  

(1963). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 8(1):90-91

An Approach to Community Mental Health, by Gerald Caplan. London, Tavistock, 1961. pp. ix + 262. 25s. New York, Grune & Stratton. $4.50.

Review by:
K. M. Newton

This book is based on a collection of papers and lectures to various professional groups. The result is an uncertainty of purpose which is frustrating for the reader, because Caplan's main theme is not fully developed. However, he has much to say which is of practical interest to doctors, nurses, and social workers who wish to apply psychological knowledge in their work.

Caplan discusses two ways in which community mental health can be favourably affected:

1.   By administrative action. He illustrates this with examples of the ways in which administrative measures based on psychological principles can influence the community as a whole, and stresses the need for greater cooperation between administrative and psychiatric workers.

2.   By personal interaction. The goal here is “to achieve a coverage of the problems in the community and not deal with just one per cent of them”.

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