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Psychiatric Problems of a Rapidly Growing Suburb

Psychiatric Problems of a Rapidly Growing Suburb Abstract We have recently reported a study of the social-psychiatric aspects of pregnancy and childbearing.6 We noted a high incidence of socioeconomic mobility, suburban migration, and religious intermarriage in the social histories of our patient groups—both psychiatric maternity patients and a comparable group of psychiatric nonmaternity women patients of childbearing age—as compared with a control group of nonpsychiatric maternity patients. This led us to question whether generally there was a higher incidence of emotional disorders in young married people, and maternity patients in particular, associated with life in fast-growing suburban Bergen County, New Jersey. There has been a revival of interest recently in social-psychiatric problems, since the classic studies of Landis and Page,10 Pollock,16 Hyde,7,8 Kardiner,9 and others. Opler,14 Seward,20 Redlich,17 Rennie,18 Faris,4 and their associates have reported on the relation between emotional disorders and social class, socioeconomic mobility, rural and References 1. Bossard, J. H. S., and Boll, E. S.: One Marriage, Two Faiths: Guidance on Interfaith Marriages , New York, The Ronald Press Company, 1957. 2. Burgess, E. W., and Cottrell, L. S.: Predicting Success or Failure in Marriage , New York, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1939, pp. 161-164. 3. Census of the Population , 1950, Vol. II, Pt. 30: New Jersey and New York, U. S. Bureau of the Census. 4. Faris, R. E. L., and Dunham, H. W.: Mental Disorders in Urban Areas: An Ecological Study of Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses , Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1939. 5. Gordon, R. E.: Emotional Disorders of Pregnancy and Child-Bearing , J. M. Soc. New Jersey 54:16, 1957. 6. Gordon, R. E., and Gordon, K. K.: Some Social-Psychiatric Aspects of Pregnancy and Childbearing , J. M. Soc. New Jersey 54:569, 1957. 7. Hyde, R. W., and Chisholm, R. M.: Studies in Medical Sociology: III. Relation of Mental Disorders to Race and Nationality , New England J. Med. 231:612, 1944.Crossref 8. Hyde, R. W., and Kingsley, L. V.: Studies in Medical Sociology: I. Relation of Mental Disorders to the Community Socioeconomic Level , New England J. Med. 231:543, 1944.Crossref 9. Kardiner, A.: Relation of Culture to Mental Disorder , in Current Problems in Psychiatric Diagnosis , edited by P. Hoch and J. Zubin, Proceedings of 41st Annual Meeting of American Psychopathological Association, Philadelphia, Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1953, pp. 157-179. 10. Landis, C., and Page, J. D.: Modern Society and Mental Disease , New York, Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1938, Chaps. 4, 5, 6, and 9 . 11. Malzberg, B., and Lee, E. S.: Migration and Mental Disease: A Study of First Admissions to Hospitals for Mental Disease , New York, Social Science Research Council, 1956. 12. Martin, W. T.: Some Socio-Psychological Aspects of Adjustment to Residence Location in the Rural-Urban Fringe , Am. Sociol. Rev. 8:248, 1953.Crossref 13. Ödegaard, O.: Emigration and Insanity , Ment. Hyg. 20:546, 1936. 14. Opler, M. K.: Culture, Psychiatry and Human Values: The Methods and Values of a Social Psychology , Springfield, Ill., Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 1956. 15. Pike, J. A.: If You Marry Outside Your Faith: Counsel on Mixed Marriages , New York, Harper & Brothers, 1954. 16. Pollock, H. M.: Frequency of Dementia Praecox in Relation to Sex, Age, Environment, Nativity, and Race , Ment. Hyg. 10:596, 611, 1926. 17. Redlich, F. C.; Hollingshead, A. B.; Roberts, B. H.; Robinson, H. A.; Freedman, L. Z., and Myers, J. K.: Social Structure and Psychiatric Disorders , Am. J. Psychiat. 109:729, 1953. 18. Rennie, A. C.; Srole, L.; Opler, M. K., and Langner, T. S.: Urban Life and Mental Health: Socio-Economic Status and Mental Disorder in the Metropolis , Am. J. Psychiat. 113:831, 1957. 19. Seeley, J. R.; Sim, R. A., and Loosley, E. W.: Crestwood Heights: A Study of Culture of Suburban Life , New York, Basic Books, Inc., 1956. 20. Seward, G.: Psychotherapy and Culture Conflict , New York, The Ronald Press Company, 1956. 21. Zborowski, M.: Cultural Components in Response to Pain , J. Social Issues 8:4, 1952.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png A.M.A. Archives of Neurology & Psychiatry American Medical Association

Psychiatric Problems of a Rapidly Growing Suburb

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Abstract We have recently reported a study of the social-psychiatric aspects of pregnancy and childbearing.6 We noted a high incidence of socioeconomic mobility, suburban migration, and religious intermarriage in the social histories of our patient groups—both psychiatric maternity patients and a comparable group of psychiatric nonmaternity women patients of childbearing age—as compared with a control group of nonpsychiatric maternity patients. This led us to question whether generally there was a higher incidence of emotional disorders in young married people, and maternity patients in particular, associated with life in fast-growing suburban Bergen County, New Jersey. There has been a revival of interest recently in social-psychiatric problems, since the classic studies of Landis and Page,10 Pollock,16 Hyde,7,8 Kardiner,9 and others. Opler,14 Seward,20 Redlich,17 Rennie,18 Faris,4 and their associates have reported on the relation between emotional disorders and social class, socioeconomic mobility, rural and References 1. Bossard, J. H. S., and Boll, E. S.: One Marriage, Two Faiths: Guidance on Interfaith Marriages , New York, The Ronald Press Company, 1957. 2. Burgess, E. W., and Cottrell, L. S.: Predicting Success or Failure in Marriage , New York, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1939, pp. 161-164. 3. Census of the Population , 1950, Vol. II, Pt. 30: New Jersey and New York, U. S. Bureau of the Census. 4. Faris, R. E. L., and Dunham, H. W.: Mental Disorders in Urban Areas: An Ecological Study of Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses , Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1939. 5. Gordon, R. E.: Emotional Disorders of Pregnancy and Child-Bearing , J. M. Soc. New Jersey 54:16, 1957. 6. Gordon, R. E., and Gordon, K. K.: Some Social-Psychiatric Aspects of Pregnancy and Childbearing , J. M. Soc. New Jersey 54:569, 1957. 7. Hyde, R. W., and Chisholm, R. M.: Studies in Medical Sociology: III. Relation of Mental Disorders to Race and Nationality , New England J. Med. 231:612, 1944.Crossref 8. Hyde, R. W., and Kingsley, L. V.: Studies in Medical Sociology: I. Relation of Mental Disorders to the Community Socioeconomic Level , New England J. Med. 231:543, 1944.Crossref 9. Kardiner, A.: Relation of Culture to Mental Disorder , in Current Problems in Psychiatric Diagnosis , edited by P. Hoch and J. Zubin, Proceedings of 41st Annual Meeting of American Psychopathological Association, Philadelphia, Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1953, pp. 157-179. 10. Landis, C., and Page, J. D.: Modern Society and Mental Disease , New York, Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1938, Chaps. 4, 5, 6, and 9 . 11. Malzberg, B., and Lee, E. S.: Migration and Mental Disease: A Study of First Admissions to Hospitals for Mental Disease , New York, Social Science Research Council, 1956. 12. Martin, W. T.: Some Socio-Psychological Aspects of Adjustment to Residence Location in the Rural-Urban Fringe , Am. Sociol. Rev. 8:248, 1953.Crossref 13. Ödegaard, O.: Emigration and Insanity , Ment. Hyg. 20:546, 1936. 14. Opler, M. K.: Culture, Psychiatry and Human Values: The Methods and Values of a Social Psychology , Springfield, Ill., Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 1956. 15. Pike, J. A.: If You Marry Outside Your Faith: Counsel on Mixed Marriages , New York, Harper & Brothers, 1954. 16. Pollock, H. M.: Frequency of Dementia Praecox in Relation to Sex, Age, Environment, Nativity, and Race , Ment. Hyg. 10:596, 611, 1926. 17. Redlich, F. C.; Hollingshead, A. B.; Roberts, B. H.; Robinson, H. A.; Freedman, L. Z., and Myers, J. K.: Social Structure and Psychiatric Disorders , Am. J. Psychiat. 109:729, 1953. 18. Rennie, A. C.; Srole, L.; Opler, M. K., and Langner, T. S.: Urban Life and Mental Health: Socio-Economic Status and Mental Disorder in the Metropolis , Am. J. Psychiat. 113:831, 1957. 19. Seeley, J. R.; Sim, R. A., and Loosley, E. W.: Crestwood Heights: A Study of Culture of Suburban Life , New York, Basic Books, Inc., 1956. 20. Seward, G.: Psychotherapy and Culture Conflict , New York, The Ronald Press Company, 1956. 21. Zborowski, M.: Cultural Components in Response to Pain , J. Social Issues 8:4, 1952.Crossref

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A.M.A. Archives of Neurology & PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: May 1, 1958

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