Chapter 40. Social Psychiatry in India

  1. Craig Morgan and
  2. Dinesh Bhugra
  1. R. Thara and
  2. R. Padmavati

Published Online: 28 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch40

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

How to Cite

Thara, R. and Padmavati, R. (2010) Social Psychiatry in India, in Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition (eds C. Morgan and D. Bhugra), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch40

Editor Information

  1. NIH Biomedical Research Centre and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK

Author Information

  1. Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF), Chennai, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470697139

Online ISBN: 9780470684214



  • social psychiatry in India - key issues in social psychiatry of India;
  • families involved in decision-making process regarding treatment - when to initiate treatment;
  • measurement of expressed emotion (EE) in Indian sample - compared to the West;
  • WHO Collaborative Study on Strategies for Extending Mental Health Care;
  • problem-focused coping, problem solving and expressive action - decreasing burden of caregivers;
  • stigma, social devaluation of a person because of personal attribute and sense of shame;
  • beliefs about causation of schizophrenia - influencing attitudes that families adopt towards patients and help-seeking behaviour;
  • mental disorders and suicide;
  • multiple factors impinging on risk of suicide - NCRB report citing family problems, illnesses as HIV/AIDS, cancers and strokes;
  • mental health, religion and help seeking - religion and religious practices, role in every aspect of life in Asia


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Family Care and Burden

  • Disability

  • Stigma of Mental Disorders

  • Suicide in India

  • Mental Health, Religion and Help Seeking

  • Conclusion

  • References