Chapter 42. Social Psychiatry in the Americas

  1. Craig Morgan and
  2. Dinesh Bhugra
  1. Pedro Ruiz

Published Online: 28 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch42

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

How to Cite

Ruiz, P. (2010) Social Psychiatry in the Americas, in Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition (eds C. Morgan and D. Bhugra), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch42

Editor Information

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

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

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 the Americas;
  • social psychiatry in the United States - interchangeable with community psychiatry;
  • evolution and presence of social psychiatry in the Americas, - focus on experiences and models of social psychiatry in Europe;
  • understanding role of social psychiatry in Latin America;
  • Spain and Portugal, influencing social aspects of practice of psychiatry in Latin America;
  • mental and physical illnesses - attributed to culturally driven aetiological factors;
  • Caribbean (or the West Indies) - region of Americas encompassing Caribbean Sea and its Islands;
  • status of social psychiatry in North America, especially the United States;
  • challenges facing field of social psychiatry - core philosophy and principles of this field still being present;
  • basic principles of social psychiatry - resurging public policy all over the Americas especially in Latin America


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Presence of Social Psychiatry in the Americas

  • Focusing on Latin America

  • Focusing on the Caribbean

  • Focusing on North America

  • Conclusion

  • References