Perspectives in Mental Health

Paper Code: 
PSY 325(Group A)
Contact Hours: 
Max. Marks: 
  1. To acquaint the students with the nature and significance of the emerging area of mental health psychology within a life-span perspective.
  2. To highlight the importance of social and psychological processes in the experience of health and illness.
  3. To focus on the behavioral risk factors vis-à-vis disease prevention and health promotion.
Unit I: 
Community Psychology

Historical Contexts, understanding social systems – an ecological view.

Unit II: 

Community Mental Health in relation to Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology. Coping and Positive Mental health, Community Psychology and roots to psychological wellness.

Unit III: 

Community Mental Health in India. Mental Health Act (Latest) and its implications

Unit IV: 

Preventions in Mental Health (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary) Crisis Intervention, Mental Health Consultation, the role of NGO’s & Self Help groups in Community Mental Health.

Unit V: 
Community Based Health Interventions

 Features, Settings and strategies.

Essential Readings: 
  1. Levine, M. & Perkins, D.V. (1987). Principles of Community Psychology. Perspective and Applications. NY : Oxford University Press.
  2. Mann, P.A. (1978). Community Psychology : Concepts and Applications. NY : The Free Press.
  3. Rappaport, J. (1977). Community Psychology : Values , Research and Action . NY : Holt, Reindhart and Winston.
  4. Shanmughum, T.E. (1988). Community Psychology. Madras : Utsav Shanmungan.
  1. Bloom, B. (1973). Community Mental Health. A Critical Analysis, General Learning Press, N. Jersey.
  2. Cohen, E.L. (1973). Social Community Interventions. Annual Review of Psychology, 423-472.
  3. Gown, E.L. Chinsky, J.M. & Rappaport J. (1970). An Undergraduate Practicum in Community Mental Health. CMH Journal, 6, 91-100.
  4. Glidewell. J.C. (1971). Frontiers for Psychologist in Community Mental Health. In G. Rosenbaum (Eds.). Issues in Community Psychology and Community Mental Health. Bell Publication, New York.
  5. Glidewell, J.C. (1973). Preventive and Therapeutic Effects of two school Mental Health Programmes. Am J. Community Psychology Vol. I, 295-329.
  6. Goldstlin, S.E. (Ed.) (1965). Concepts of Community Psychiatry: A Framework for Training. Public Health Service Publications no. 1319 U.S. Deptt. of Health.
  7. Hobbs, N. (1988). Re-education, reality and Community responsibility. In J.W. Carter (Ed.). Research contributions form Psychology to community Mental Health. Bell Publications, New York.
  8. Koch, Hugh C.H. (Ed.)(1986). Community Clinical Psychology. Croon Helm, London.
  9. Rapparport, J. (1977). From Noah to Babel : Relationship between conceptions, values, analysis levels and social intervention strategies. Iscoe Bloom, B. Spielberger. E.D. (Eds) Clinical Psychology in transition. Hemisphere Press, New York.
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