Review by Choice Review
This thought-provoking book is a worthwhile contribution to the mental health field. Allen (Univ. of Tennessee), an experienced psychiatrist, educator, and author, provides readers with a comprehensive, detailed historical perspective on mental illness and mental health treatments. His central viewpoint is that many parties have influenced the problematic state of mental health care today, including practitioners, public interest groups, the government, pharmaceutical companies, and managed care organizations. Allen has a balanced perspective when discussing flaws in the mental health system. Importantly, he provides readers with a sociological perspective concerning the influence of the family on mental health problems. Taking a strongly educative approach, Allen demonstrates caring and concern for readers as he leads them toward becoming more informed and discerning consumers and supporters of quality mental health care. Although the book's title relates to the influence of dysfunctional families on the occurrence of mental illness, the book itself is more comprehensive and befitting of a more expansive title. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduate students through mental health practitioners. M. C. Matteis Regis College
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